Afghan Drug Dealer on CIA Payroll

karzaiKABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.
The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.

1 comment to Afghan Drug Dealer on CIA Payroll

  • Lance Winslow

    Actually, this is not entirely correct, but it is partially correct. The outing of this information was done to send a message that the US will not be played for a fool, and to get the brother to leave the country, to evade the Taliban who will be quite upset to learn of this information.

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