Ahmed Wali Karzai
Afghan politician
Ahmed Wali Karzai
Ahmed Wali Karzai was a prominent politician in Afghanistan and the younger paternal half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and son of Abdul Ahad Karzai. As an elder of the Popalzai Pashtun tribe, he was elected to the Kandahar Provincial Council in 2005 and served as its chairman. Karzai formerly lived in the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois, where he worked in a restaurant owned by his family. He returned to Afghanistan following the removal of the Taliban government in late 2001.
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Seamus McKiernan: The Bradley Manning Case and Our Decade of Denial
Huffington Post - about 4 years
For nearly three years, Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old army private accused of leaking classified documents, has been denied the right to speak in public. He got his chance this week in a Fort Meade, Md. courtroom, but the long denial reminded me of a short story called "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's a fictional tale about villagers who enjoy total happiness and bliss as long as they keep quiet about a boy who's locked up in a dark, underground cellar. The denial that haunts the pages of "Omelas" is also at the center of the government's case against Bradley Manning. Manning has been in the dark for more than 900 days -- with most of that time spent in solitary confinement. It is the longest pre-trial detention of a U.S. military soldier since the Vietnam War. The extreme conditions of Manning's detention have been widely reported. A Navy psychiatrist who treated Manning testified that his medical recommendations were consistently ignored ...
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As foreigners go, Afghan city is feeling abandoned
Fox News - over 4 years
By switching from studying business management to training as a nurse, 19-year-old Anita Taraky has placed a bet on the future of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar — that once foreign troops are gone, private-sector jobs will be fewer but nursing will always be in demand. Besides, if the Taliban militants recapture the southern Afghan city that was their movement's birthplace and from which they were expelled by U.S.-led forces 11 years ago, nursing will likely be one of the few professions left open to women. Taraky is one of thousands of Kandaharis who are weighing their options with the approaching departure of the U.S. and its coalition partners. But while she has opted to stay, businessman Esmatullah Khan is leaving. Khan, 29, made his living in property dealing and supplying services to the Western contingents operating in the city. Property prices are down, and business with foreigners is already shrinking, so he is pulling out ...
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It’s Groundhog Day in Afghanistan
Cato @ Liberty - almost 5 years
By Malou Innocent The war in Afghanistan tragically feels like the movie Groundhog Day: reliving and retelling the same stories repeatedly, but with the situation worse than it was the previous time. The United States is perpetually stuck in a repetitive series of setbacks and scandals that damage the mission. It cannot escape the shadow that ruinous events cast over the prospect of defeating the Taliban. Today, the Los Angeles Times published photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the mangled corpses of alleged insurgents. This latest grisly and embarrassing episode, much like the incidental burning of Qurans, the murder of 17 Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army Sgt., and the U.S. kill team that collected the fingers and teeth of Afghan corpses as trophies, is yet another scandal that damages what America stands for. Certainly, war breeds hatred for one’s enemies. But perhaps even more troubling is that over a decade of fighting has—as military expert Carl Prine and others have observed ...
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Afghan leaders fear execution in Taliban birthplace - Pakistan Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
“After the assassination of Ahmed Karzai and other officials, I fear for my life,” said Noor ul Aziz, an ex-Taliban official who defected to the government side in January and now heads Kandahar's religious affairs department
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Mayor of Afghanistan's Kandahar killed in suicide attack - WireUpdate
Google News - over 5 years
The attack came less than a week after President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated when he was shot at his home by one of his bodyguards who was possibly acting on behalf of the Taliban. Ahmed Karzai was elected to the
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Afghanistan faces uphill battle not to slide back into Taliban rule - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Wali Ahmed Karzai, a former restaurant proprietor in Chicago when the Soviets occupied Afghanistan, was widely reputed to be a crook and deeply involved in the illicit poppy trade. He was also one of the more capable leaders in Afghanistan — not for
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Power dynamics in Afghanistan shift after a series of assassinations - Open Democracy
Google News - over 5 years
Kabul's regional allies are already alienated by the continued deterioration of the security situation, while the psychological impact of the death of someone as significant as Ahmed Karzai or Jan Mohammed Khan could leave many fearing their own future
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Fareed's Take: Deal making needed in Afghanistan - CNN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But corruption surrounded all of the billions of dollars in American and Western military aid and spending that were being brought into Afghanistan. Everyone in Afghanistan was corrupt. Ahmed Karzai was also an ally and an effective dealmaker
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HM sends condolences - Times of Oman
Google News - over 5 years
MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of condolence to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the death of his brother Ahmed Karzai who was assassinated on Tuesday. In his cable, His Majesty the Sultan expressed his sincere
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Morning Bits - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They believe Ahmed Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's half-brother and the leader of Kandahar's provincial council, had started to evolve earlier this year from a self-interested strongman to a regional leader willing to take nascent steps to share power
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Killing of Karzai's Half-Brother Likely Won't Change U.S. Policy - U.S. News & World Report
Google News - over 5 years
The tens of thousands of US troops that remain in Afghanistan had little power to stop the inside job that felled Ahmed Karzai. For Americans, the assassination serves as a stark reminder that the fate and future of Afghanistan rely more on what ... - -
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Kandahar PRT observes provincial council meeting - DVIDS
Google News - over 5 years
Addressing the traffic issues, Ahmed Karzai, the chairman of the Provincial Council, demanded things from his council members and specifically his police chief, to address the traffic concerns of Kandahar residents. “I'm expecting the reopening of some
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Taliban Free 1,200 Inmates in Attack on Kandahar's Main Prison, Killing 15 Guards
NYTimes - over 8 years
In a brazen attack, Taliban fighters assaulted the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday night, blowing up the mud walls, killing 15 guards and freeing around 1,200 inmates. Among the escapees were about 350 Taliban members, including commanders, would-be suicide bombers and assassins, said Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of
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A NATION CHALLENGED: SEARCH FOR MULLAH OMAR; U.S. Might Send Ground Troops To Assist in the Search for Omar
NYTimes - about 15 years
The Pentagon is strongly considering plans to send large numbers of American ground troops into a mountainous area of southern Afghanistan to help search for Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban leader, senior Pentagon officials said today. The plan calls for hundreds of ground troops, most likely marines, to assist forces allied with Gul Agha
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A NATION CHALLENGED: WAR IN SOUTH; G.I.'s Had Crucial Role In Battle for Kandahar
NYTimes - about 15 years
On the morning of Dec. 5, Hamid Karzai, who would be named Afghanistan's new interim leader hours later, was meeting with seven of his closest advisers in a house in Shawalit Kowt, at the foot of a hill 18 miles north of here. The men sat on the carpeted floor around Mr. Karzai, who kept thrusting his hands in the air as he mapped out plans to
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A NATION CHALLENGED: THE NEW GOVERNMENT; For Afghan Clan, a Full Circle Back to Power
NYTimes - about 15 years
In 1761, King Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of Afghanistan whose descendants would rule until a Communist coup in 1978, received some free land on which he built the city of Kandahar. The gift came from a powerful local clan called the Populzai. Last week, the clan's latest leader, Hamid Karzai, said he had secured an agreement to reclaim
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A NATION CHALLENGED: MAN IN THE NEWS; Clan Leader Turned Statesman: Hamid Karzai
NYTimes - about 15 years
Hamid Karzai, who has been named to lead an interim government in Afghanistan, is at once a traditional tribal chief from the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar and a longtime anti-Taliban leader who became known to policy makers in Washington. Since slipping into southern Afghanistan from here in October, Mr. Karzai has represented the main American
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ahmed Wali Karzai
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 50
    On 12 July 2011, Karzai was assassinated by his long-time head of security, Sardar Mohammad.
    More Details Hide Details Reports say that Wali was shot twice with a pistol, once in the head and once in the chest, as he was coming out of the bathroom inside his residence. Abdul Raziq, Police Chief of Kandahar, stated that the assailant Sardar Mohammad was well known by the Karzai family. He had served as Wali Karzai's most trusted security guard for the last seven years. "As he entered Wali's room, Wali came out of his bathroom. Mohammad fired twice at Wali without any conversation passing between the two. Wali received one bullet in the chest and second in the head," Abdul Raziq said. The assailant was immediately killed by other bodyguards and then his body was hanged at a city square on public view. In the meantime, Karzai's body was taken to Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar. Thousands of people turned up for his funeral the next day, led by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and many more waited in buses where his body lay to be taken to his hometown of Karz. Security was tightened around the funeral procession and some reports indicated Hamid Karzai's elite security team were deployed to secure Kandahar, where the funeral was held. At the funeral procession Hamid Karzai issued a message to the Taliban: Hamid Karzai's spokesman Waheed Omer said that "We know we live in a dangerous country. We know that security has to be tight all the time and the president knows this.
    He was assassinated by one of his close bodyguards, Sardar Mohammad, on 12 July 2011.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In October 2009 the New York Times reported that Ahmed Wali Karzai received payments from the CIA for "a variety of services", including the recruitment of the Kandahar Strike Force, an Afghan paramilitary force run by the CIA in the Kandahar region.
    More Details Hide Details It also stated that he was paid for allowing the CIA and U.S. special forces to rent the former residence of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. However, Karzai has denied taking any payment from the CIA. U.S. Senator John Kerry and former Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad, defended Karzai in recent years, Kerry saying "We should not condemn Ahmed Wali Karzai or damage our critical relations with his brother, President Karzai, on the basis of newspaper articles or rumors" and Jawad saying, "There is presence of the intelligence, there's presence of many institutions of the United States and NATO countries in Afghanistan, why don't they come up with a clear evidence of any corruption involving the president or his family?"
    Before the 2009 Afghan presidential election, Wali Karzai and Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, former governor of the Helmand Province and a member of the Upper House of the Afghan parliament, were accused of vote rigging.
    More Details Hide Details After the election, reports mentioned that all those running in the election were involved in electoral fraud.
    A June 2009 U.S. embassy cable alleged that much of the actual business of running the Afghan city of Kandahar "takes place out of public sight, where Ahmed Wali Karzai operates, parallel to formal government structures, through a network of political clans that use state institutions to protect and enable licit and illicit enterprises."
    More Details Hide Details In addition, James Risen of the New York Times and others stated that Ahmed Wali Karzai may have been involved in the Afghan opium and heroin trade. This was denied by Karzai, who called the charges political propaganda and stated he was a "victim of vicious politics."
  • 2008
    Age 47
    Karzai survived a number of assassination attempts by Taliban militants and at least two attacks against his office in Kandahar: one in November 2008 and the other in April 2009.
    More Details Hide Details According to Karzai himself, he had survived a total of nine assassination attempts.
  • 2006
    Age 45
    In meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, including a 2006 session with former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ronald E. Neumann, the CIA's station chief and their British counterparts, American officials talked about the rumors in hopes that the president might move his brother out of the country, said several people who took part in or were briefed on the talks. "We thought the concern expressed to Karzai might be enough to get him out of there," one official said.
    More Details Hide Details President Karzai has resisted, however, demanding clear-cut evidence of wrongdoing, several officials said. "We don't have the kind of hard, direct evidence that you could take to get a criminal indictment," a White House official said. Ahmed Wali Karzai dismissed the allegations as politically motivated attacks by longtime rival groups in his country.
  • 2005
    Age 44
    He was elected to the Kandahar Provincial Council in 2005 and exercised influence in the province to the extent that he was described as "effectively the governor".
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his death, he was the Council's chairman. A few days before his death, Ahmed Wali Karzai appeared on a British television programme, "Afghanistan: The Unknown Country," presented by Lyse Doucet, at his home in Kandahar, talking about public perceptions of him. Doucet said: "Like most strong men, he depended on family and fellow tribesmen to protect him."
  • 2001
    Age 40
    He came to political prominence in Afghanistan following the US occupation of the country in 2001, where he was a key ally of the US military in the country's south.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 0
    Karzai was born in 1961 in the village of Karz in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Abdul Ahad Karzai and brother of Hamid Karzai, Mahmud Karzai and Qayum Karzai. He attended Habibia High School in Kabul but was not able to finish his studies due to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. He travelled to neighbouring Pakistan and then immigrated to the United States. Wali Karzai managed an Afghan restaurant in Chicago that was owned by his family. Ahmad Wali returned to Pakistan in the late 1980s to help his father, Abdul Ahad.
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