Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on CIA Payroll

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 09:16 By Dexter Filkins, James Risen and Mark Mazzetti, Truthout | name.

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on CIA Payroll

Kabul, 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.

To read more about the CIA's ties to Ahmed Wali Karzai click here.

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