Skip to comments.Afghanistan: Karzai half-brother 'assassinated'
Posted on 07/12/2011 1:29:15 AM PDT by Palter
The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed in an assassination attempt, officials say.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of the Afghan president and leader of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was shot dead, presidential spokesmen Waheed Omar told the BBC.
Initial reports suggest he was shot by his bodyguard in his house in Kandahar.
A controversial politician, some saw him as a defender of Pashtun rights.
Critics said he was a warlord mired in corruption who was openly involved in the drugs trade and had a personal militia at his disposal.
The president repeatedly defended him, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities.
He was a staunch ally of US and allied forces in Afghanistan.
The body of Ahmad Wali Karzai, who was born in 1961, has been taken to a nearby hospital, says the BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul.
International forces in Afghanistan have expressed shock at the killing. There has been no word yet from the Afghan president himself.
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You have to take out the whole tribe.
If it’s the one I’m thinking about, a man who profited off of death from both sides, including US soldiers, my response is-aaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
Wali was the major player in Kandahar, with a hand in everything. This will impact a lot of things in that area, to include aid projects and military ops.
That said it will be interesting to see what comes of this.
” He was a staunch ally of US and allied forces in Afghanistan. “ ........ really?
Is there any downside to this?
Well, there was a high-profile assassination in Afghanistan in 2001. Then there were 3,000 dead in the ashes of the World Trade Center.
Note how they jump to conclusions. What I see is an "alleged attempt".
Beat me to it.
I should have expected that.
Email just in from Taliban re Karzai assasination:
“You Call him a “Shaheed”? Are you people out of your silly minds? AhmadWali Karzai was not just a Criminal, he was a real Shame for Afghanistan. He was the most brutual Warlord who killed many respected Tribal Leaders in the South, South East, West & in the East of Afghanistan. He was a murderer, a Criminal and thug who got richer at the expense of the poor people of Afghanistan. We highly advise you to not use such a clean and a pure name of “Shaheed” for such dogs. Justice has been done and justice will continue.”
I was about to copy and paste the exact same thing, what kind of writing is this? I’d say it was no attempt, it was successful.
This was further down:
“Today in kandahar Ahamd Wali Karzai brother of the So called Presdient Hamid Karzai was killed right in front of the bathroom of inside of his house , the securty gaurd was in close contact with Talban. The person whocarried this operation is Sardar Mohammad son of Sutaln Mohammad, is from Dand District & Zakir Sharieff village . This was part of our sopisticated operations Startegy in order to elimenate the indispencible targets.”
An email from the Taliban
They work a lot cheaper than Expats.
Now that I got that out of my system, it’s the norm for warlords/provincial governors and ministers to have locals -often Police - as bodyguards. A Peace Council member I meet with has two nephews who do the job. I hope for his sake they’re better than they look.
In this case the hitter may have been a relative, long time retainer, etc. who was bought by someone else. Hard to say. Or he may have been an infiltrator who was lucky and got close. He was also reportedly conventiently blown away on the spot. Maybe someone tying up a loose end?
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Then again, the Taliban are claiming that he's one of theirs.
Sardar Mohammed was one of his best friends and this head of security for over 10 years, before 9/11....... and shot Karzai twice, once in the chest and once in the head.....
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