July 12th, 2011
07:41 AM ET

Officials: Karzai's half-brother shot dead

The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was shot dead at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday, authorities said.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar provincial council chief, was killed during a gathering, said provincial governor Tooryalai Wesa. He did not know a motive.

While the governor initially said a friend killed Karzai, his spokesman later clarified that the death was at the hands of a guard.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the guard accused of shooting him was working for them.

 

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  1. pamiri

    big Mafia of poppy drug has been killed in persoanl business not for the country

    from Kabul

    July 13, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Abdul Ameer

    This is another case of "sudden jihad syndrome." Any religious Moslem can turn into a murderer in the name of Allah at any time. It is unpredictable. The fundamental doctrines of standard Islam require the Moslem to carry out jihad against non-Moslems and against other Moslems, like Karzai's brother, who are considered to be helping the non-Moslem enemy. This sort of thing has happened many times before, and it will happen many times in the future. Religious Moslems should never be trusted. Their loyalty is to Allah and to Muhammad who call for war against non-Moslems.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't think it was a sudden jihad syndrome, but a well calculated and motivated assassination. It is not about religion.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan from Chicago, IL

    YEAH, Hitler and the Nazi's were power crazed men like the Taliban! He knew he was going to face justice and killed himself! So i SUGGEST that all with the like minded evil change their ways or face judgment here on earth and in hell for eternity!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Taliban did not attack other countries. Hitler and USA did.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        WHERE EVIL EXITS IT WILL BE JUSTIFIED FOR ANY COUNTRY THAT HAS GOOD INTENT TO STOP IT!

        July 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        Quite true and very well said, salerno. Thank you.

        July 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – you are the evil as Hitler was thinking and acting like you. He attacked Russia and Polland to fight the evil.

        July 13, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      So you think Hitler was not evil?

      July 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Hitler was evil just like the USA.

        July 14, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. eagle from davao

    A good sign of the progress of negotiation with taliban.Hamid Karzai strategy of negotiating is really working.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Probably the killing was done to simplifie the negotiation.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lord Howard Hurts

    US wars launched since the attacks of September 11, 2001 have left 225,000 dead and cost up to $4.4 trillion, according to a new study by university researchers.

    The study published by Brown University this week focused on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen, which came in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

    The authors argued that governments almost always go to war underestimating the potential duration and costs of a conflict while overestimating "the political objectives that can be accomplished by the use of brute force."

    The study said "an extremely conservative estimate" of the casualty toll was about 225,000 people killed and 365,000 wounded in the wars so far.

    Yawn, Yawn, Yawn. So much wasted money and lives. And just look at all the positive results. Zero. This is why we need to stop the wars, NOW, and pay attention to domestic affairs, and let others handle their own affairs; Stop with the taxpayer aid money also; Strengthen our economy by reducing taxes, and make political office public service rather than a profession.
    Lord Howard Hurts freedomfiles.blogspot.com

    July 12, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You are making electoral campaign for Ron Paul.
      The study doesn't say anything new as this reality was already known. The miscalculation is needed to comvince people to support the war, to the exclusive benefit of the MIC.

      July 12, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      YEA RIGHT and let evil and terror reign.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan- Even Hitler had the same problem: to fight the evil. (under his opinion)

        July 12, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Yeah well Hitler went about by massacring ethnic and religous groups. The Taliban do it by hiding behind their own people, blowing themselves up against civilian targets, and assassinating public officials.

        July 12, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        YEAH, Hitler and the Nazi's were power crazed men like the Taliban! He knew he was going to face justice and killed himself! So i SUGGEST that all with the like minded evil change their ways or face judgment here on earth and in hell for eternity! BECAUSE JUSTICE WILL BE DONE!

        July 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I was comparing Hitler with the USA not with the heroical afghan people ffighting against the aggressor.
        Hitler attacked Polland, Russia, Belgium, France, Denmark, like the US attacked Vietnam, Korea, Panama, Sudan Irak, Serbia, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Lebanon. Hitler massacred ethnic groups, the jews, like the US did with the native americans. US like Hitler used modern weapons killing civilians.
        Afghan fighters are different as they did not attack foreign countries, did not kill civilians, did not use WMD, or high tech weapons.

        July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        The facts are Hitler was evil and the Taliban along with their terrorist allies are evil! AND WE THANK GOD FOR THE HIGH TECH WEAPONS TO OBLITERATE EVIL!

        July 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You say Taliban are evil without any good motivation. Hitler had more serious motivation to blame the jews as they were a treath to Germany, as they were buying the country.

        July 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        You are ignorant! The Nazi's killed the Jews because they thought that they were not pure as God had hoped they would be. Also they thought that they could make a pure people according to what God had wanted. SAME AS ISLAMIC RADICALS AND FOR THAT MATTER ISLAM ITSELF!

        July 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – YOU ARE STUPID, as racial motivation was just another motivation, but the real treath for Germany was the increasing power of that ethnicity.

        July 13, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Tell me ignorant ass why then did he believe that his race was superior than all others like your Islamic faith? Also why did he believe that he and the Nazi's would control the world like the Islamic faith!

        July 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The Racist ideology behind the Nazi originated by Madame Blavatsky, who lived in USA, where this ideology is still present in various forms (KuKlux Clan). Anti-semitism was present in UK and France (Chamberlain), where Jews were massacred.
        Hitler found this ideology ready to be deployed, and took all the blame.
        Economic reasons, on the other side, were present only in Germany.

        July 14, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        WHY DO YOU TRY TO BLAME AMERICA FOR EVIL WHEN INSIDE AND OUT YOU TRIVIALIZE EVIL! HITLER CARRIED OUT THE MURDER OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE AND YOU THINK HE IS NOT TO BLAME? THE TALIBAN, TERRORISTS, SADDAM, GADHAFI, THE ASSAD'S, HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND THE IRANIAN REGIME WHO SUPPORT TERRORISM ARE EVIL AND DESTRUCTIVE TO WORLD PEACE, BUT YOU THINK THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO AS THEY PLEASE! MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!

        July 14, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I did not say Hitler was not evil and not to blame. I said USA is the great evil, as USA ideology created all those modern evil like Hitler, Saddam, Assad (supporeted by christians and Bishop Ignatious IV), Komeini, Ghaddafi .

        July 14, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      So very true, Lord Howard Hurts. Never mind these uneducated lemmings here who disagree with you. They'll all wrong since we need to stop this useless war.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Thanks Dan, I couldn't agree more!

        July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |