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Sun Jun 3, 2012, 10:45 PM

NYT:Intrigue in Karzai Family Clouds Afghanistan’s Fate

From the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/world/asia/karzai-family-moves-to-protect-its-privilege.html
Intrigue in Karzai Family Clouds Afghanistan’s Fate
WASHINGTON — With the end in sight for Hamid Karzai’s days in office as Afghanistan’s president, members of his family are trying to protect their status, weighing how to hold on to power while secretly fighting among themselves for control of the fortune they have amassed in the last decade.

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The looming withdrawal of American and NATO troops by 2014 from the still unresolved war, along with President Karzai’s coming exit, is causing anxiety among the Afghan elite who have been among the war’s biggest beneficiaries, enriching themselves from American military contracts, insider business deals with foreign companies, government corruption and narcotics trafficking.

“If you are one of the Afghan oligarchs, where you put your money and where you live is an open question now,” Seth Jones, an analyst at the RAND Corporation, said. “That means you are thinking about moving your money and finding a backup option about where to live.”

The president’s family — many of whom are American citizens who returned to Afghanistan after an American-led coalition toppled the Taliban in 2001 and brought Mr. Karzai to power — are among those who have prospered the most, by the accounts of many Afghan businessmen and government insiders.


Much more at the link!

This isn't just a news story. It's a clue.

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Poll_Blind Jun 2012 OP
UTUSN Jun 2012 #1
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Wilms Jun 2012 #2
UTUSN Jun 2012 #3
UTUSN Jun 2012 #5
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #6
Heywood J Jun 2012 #7

Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 10:49 PM

1. Where's the link, darlin!1 n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 10:59 PM

4. Drat! Thank you, I just fixed it. DU3 has a problem eating links.



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Response to Wilms (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 10:57 PM

3. Tanks!1 nt

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Response to Wilms (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 11:00 PM

5. They sound like the BUSHes, the B.F.E.E. - no wonder Shrub latched onto them!1 n/t

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Mon Jun 4, 2012, 09:56 AM

6. Yeah, it's clear they have been cashing in and playing the U.S. for suckers

for years now...

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2012, 10:15 PM

7. Every time I read about things over there, Afghanistan sounds more and more like

something we should just get the hell away from and forget it ever existed. How much of that money has disappeared into places where it will do no good and a whole lot of bad?

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