Friday, August 20, 2010

Wash Po-Karzai Allows Anti-Corruption Probe In Afghanistan

Sen. John Kerry and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai:
(Story reported by Joshua Partlow and David Nakamura for the Washington Post)

KABUL -- After a series of meetings with Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), President Hamid Karzai said Friday that he would support the independent work of two anti-corruption law enforcement units that had come under political pressure from his office following the arrest of one of his aides last month.

Kerry, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made an unscheduled return to Kabul on Thursday to continue discussions he began with Karzai earlier in the week. He traveled to Afghanistan in part to discuss U.S. concerns over Karzai's decision to exert control over the work of the Major Crimes Task Force and the Special Investigative Unit, two U.S.-backed Afghan law enforcement teams that arrested a senior security adviser, Mohammad Zia Salehi, on allegations of corruption.

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