UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 12, 2013.
By United Press International

Locals: Karzai brother took ballot boxes

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother shut down polling places in a district where the local leaders supported his opponent, the area's governor says.
Wali Karzai brokers Taliban election truce

Wali Karzai brokers Taliban election truce

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Taliban agreed to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan in time for provincial and presidential elections next week, campaign officials say.

Ceasefire deals will protect voting

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Voters in explosive southern Afghanistan will be protected during the presidential elections as a result of a series of ceasefire deals, NATO said Thursday.
Karzai's half brother an opium baron?

Karzai's half brother an opium baron?

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- British troops have seized several tons of raw opium on a farm belonging to the half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to a media report.
Locals say Afghan election being rigged

Locals say Afghan election being rigged

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is systematically rigging the Aug. 20 presidential election in his southern home base, witnesses claim.

Karzai's brother denies drug trade links

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Assertions that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother is involved in the country's booming heroin trade have U.S. officials worried, observers say.

Karzai asks for probe into drug claims

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan to investigate whether his younger brother is involved in the drug trade.

Ahmad Wali Khan Karzai, younger brother of Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is the representative for southern Afghanistan in Kandahar. Ahmad Wali Khan Karzai was chosen as a representative of Kandahar province for the 2002 Loya jirga and also the 2004 Constitutional Loya Jirga. He was elected to the Kandahar Provincial Council in 2005.

Karzai is also an elder of the Popalzais, a Pashtun clan. It has been alleged that he is a prominent figure in the drug trade, controlling a significant proportion of Afghan heroin production. 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 Agency’s 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 don’t 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, ‘where’s your proof?’ ”.

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