Von Daniel Neun | 28.Oktober 2009
Laut einem New York Times-Bericht, mit Quellen aus der US-Regierung, ist Ahmed Wali Karzai nicht nur in massive Drogengeschäfte verwickelt, sondern hilft der CIA, welche ihn bezahlt, auch im Betrieb von Todesschwadronen direkt aus einer US-Militärbasis heraus. Derweil traf US-Aussenministerin Hillary Clinton zu Gesprächen mit der pakistanischen Regierung in Islamabad ein. Begleitet wurde ihr Besuch von blutigen Attentaten in Kabul und Islamabad. Und am Freitag trifft sich Präsident Barack Obama mit seinen ranghöchsten Militärs im Weissen Haus, um ihnen seine Afghanistan-Pakistan-Strategie zu erläutern.
Die New York Times (1) veröffentlichte gestern eine brisante Story, deren Quellen frühere und derzeitige US-Regierungsbeamte in Washington sind. Dem Bericht zufolge steht der Bruder des afghanischen Präsidenten Hamid Karzai, Ahmed Wali Karzai, seit 8 Jahren auf der Gehaltsliste der us-amerikanischen Auslandsspionage, der Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Eine der Dienstleistungen Karzais besteht in Beihilfe zur Rekrutierung von Söldnern der sogenannten Kandahar Streitmacht (Kandahar Strike Force), sowie für deren Betrieb durch die CIA. Dieser Geheimarmee, der US-Spezialeinheiten des US-Militärs, CIA-Agenten und Söldner von Privatfirmen angehören, wird u.a. der Mord am Polizeichef von Kandahar zur Last gelegt. Weiterlesen »
Reports Link Karzais Brother to Afghanistan Heroin Trade
Reports Link Karzais Brother to Afghanistan Heroin Trade
Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzais brother, in 2001. Both say accusations of drug trafficking are politically motivated.
WASHINGTON When Afghan security forces found an enormous cache of heroin hidden beneath concrete blocks in a tractor-trailer outside Kandahar in 2004, the local Afghan commander quickly impounded the truck and notified his boss.
Before long, the commander, Habibullah Jan, received a telephone call from Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of President Hamid Karzai, asking him to release the vehicle and the drugs, Mr. Jan later told American investigators, according to notes from the debriefing obtained by The New York Times. He said he complied after getting a phone call from an aide to President Karzai directing him to release the truck.
Two years later, American and Afghan counternarcotics forces stopped another truck, this time near Kabul, finding more than 110 pounds of heroin. Soon after the seizure, United States investigators told other American officials that they had discovered links between the drug shipment and a bodyguard believed to be an intermediary for Ahmed Wali Karzai, according to a participant in the briefing.
The assertions about the involvement of the presidents brother in the incidents were never investigated, according to American and Afghan officials, even though allegations that he has benefited from narcotics trafficking have circulated widely in Afghanistan.
Both President Karzai and Ahmed Wali Karzai, now the chief of the Kandahar Provincial Council, the governing body for the region that includes Afghanistans second largest city, dismiss the allegations as politically motivated attacks by longtime foes.
I am not a drug dealer, I never was and I never will be, the presidents brother said in a recent phone interview. I am a victim of vicious politics.
But the assertions about him have deeply worried top American officials in Kabul and in Washington. The United States officials fear that perceptions that the Afghan president might be protecting his brother are damaging his credibility and undermining efforts by the United States to buttress his government, which has been under siege from rivals and a Taliban insurgency fueled by drug money, several senior Bush administration officials said. Their concerns have intensified as American troops have been deployed to the country in growing numbers.
What appears to be a fairly common Afghan public perception of corruption inside their government is a tremendously corrosive element working against establishing long-term confidence in that government a very serious matter, said Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, who was commander of coalition military forces in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 and is now retired. That could be problematic strategically for the United States.
The White House says it believes that Ahmed Wali Karzai is involved in drug trafficking, and American officials have repeatedly warned President Karzai that his brother is a political liability, two senior Bush administration officials said in interviews last week.
Numerous reports link Ahmed Wali Karzai to the drug trade, according to current and former officials from the White House, the State Department and the United States Embassy in Afghanistan, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity. In meetings with President Karzai, including a 2006 session with the United States ambassador, the Central Intelligence Agencys station chief and their British counterparts, American officials have talked about the allegations in hopes that the president might move his brother out of the country, said several people who took part in or were briefed on the talks.
We thought the concern expressed to Karzai might be enough to get him out of there, one official said. But President Karzai has resisted, demanding clear-cut evidence of wrongdoing, several officials said. We dont have the kind of hard, direct evidence that you could take to get a criminal indictment, a White House official said. That allows Karzai to say, wheres your proof?
Neither the Drug Enforcement Administration, which conducts counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, nor the fledgling Afghan anti-drug agency has pursued investigations into the accusations against the presidents brother.
Several American investigators said senior officials at the D.E.A. and the office of the Director of National Intelligence complained to them that the White House favored a hands-off approach toward Ahmed Wali Karzai because of the political delicacy of the matter. But White House officials dispute that, instead citing limited D.E.A. resources in Kandahar and southern Afghanistan and the absence of political will in the Afghan government to go after major drug suspects as the reasons for the lack of an inquiry.
We invested considerable resources into building Afghan capability to conduct such investigations and consistently encouraged Karzai to take on the big fish and address widespread Afghan suspicions about the link between his brother and narcotics, said Meghan OSullivan, who was the coordinator for Afghanistan and Iraq at the National Security Council until last year.
It was not clear whether President Bush had been briefed on the matter.Humayun Hamidzada, press secretary for President Karzai, denied that the presidents brother was involved in drug trafficking or that the president had intervened to help him. People have made allegations without proof, Mr. Hamidzada said.
Spokesmen for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.
An Informants Tip
The New York Times
Heroin caches were found near Kandahar and Kabul.
Nicht Neues an der Front des CIA und des kriminellen Schwachsinnes, was uns Deutsche Berufs Verbrecher, die sich Politiker nennen uns über Afghanistan erzählen: Demokratie bringen, Polizei und Justiz Aufbau usw..
Neue Ergänzung, was der Banditen Boss so sagt! Partner von Steinmeier natürlich!
Freitag, 14. Mai 2010 um 14:07
Ahmad-Wali Karsai warf den USA Willkür vor
Kandahar (Xinhua) – „Ahmad-Wali Karsai“, Bruder des afghanischen Präsidenten, hat die USA aufgefordert, den Forderungen des afghanischen Volkes Folge zu leisten. Wali Karsai sagte dazu weiter, Die USA beabsichtigen, im kommenden Juni eine Großoffensive in der Provinz Kandahar zu starten und Bewohner sind darüber sehr besorgt, weil diese immer wieder zivile Opfer fordern und somit die Sicherheitslage verschlechtern.
Auch der afghanische Präsident, Hamid Karsai, hatte im vergangenen Monat vor Staatesführern in Kandahar erklärt, jede Militäraktion müsse mit den örtlichen Verantwortlichen abgestimmt werden.