A Threat to Karzai’s Power Base?

A Threat to Karzai’s Power Base?               Developments in the Pashtun and Taliban heartland, Kandahar seem ominous for the future of Afghanistan and its embattled President Hamid Karzai. The situation in Kandahar is grim enough for the outgoing American Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen to make an unannounced visit to southern Afghanistan during the week.  Head of the Kandahar Provincial Council and half brother of President Hamid Karzai, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was assassinated by his bodyguard at his home on 12 July which was a personal blow to the president as well as to his well knit power structure in Kandahar. Mr Wali Karzai death was claimed by the Taliban.   ...
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