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Gen. David Petraeus farewell ceremony in Baghdad
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qadir salute while passing the Iraqi flag during a farewell ceremony in Baghdad for the outgoing American general on September 15, 2008. Petraeus will turn over command of Multi-National Forces - Iraq to Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno on September 16, 2008. Petraeus, who has served in three command positions in Iraq since 2003, will assume command of U.S. Central Command. (UPI Photo/U.S. Army)
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Hajji Abdul Qadir Arsala (c. 1951 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan-July 6, 2002 in Kabul, Afghanistan) (Arabic: الحاج عبد القادر‎) was a former leader in the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. He was the brother of Abdul Haq, a Pashtun leader executed by the Taliban. Qadir was governor of his home province of Nangarhar before the Taliban gained power and retook the position after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. He was also alleged to have significant connections with those engaged in Afghanistan's opium poppy trade.

Qadir joined with two other leaders, Hazrat Ali and Hajji Mohammed Zaman, to form the Eastern Shura. Qadir accompanied Hamid Karzai on a trip to Bonn in the fall of 2001, to back his leadership of Afghanistan.

Asia Times reports that Qadir was a central figure controlling the growth and export of heroin, and that he had links to the CIA.

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