Monday, April 29, 2013

Ghost Money

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) 

Starting in 2002, Iran also attempted to buy off officials in the Karzai government, paying them in cash for assistance. The scheme continued for a decade, but Tehran was ultimately outmatched by the Washington in terms of sheer spending power and the standing of the US Dollar.

In 2010, leaked reports of Tehran paying off Afghani officials forced President Karzai to acknowledge that “The United States is doing the same thing. They are providing cash to some of our offices.” Tehran reportedly continued to pay off officials within Karzai’s inner circle – spending about $10 million a year – until 2012, when Karzai signed a strategic partnership deal with the US.
Iran ceased their payoffs, but the CIA continued to buy Afghan support for its clandestine front in the War on Terror.

In December 2012, President Karzai criticized US tactics in Afghanistan, accusing American forces of contributing to violence and corruption in his country: "Now whether this corruption in Afghanistan is an accident, a byproduct of the situation in the past 10 years or is it perpetrated also on purpose is today my main question."

News for Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms secret US cash 'help'

    BBC News ‎- 8 hours ago
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately.

    Afghan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by C.I.A. -
    7 hours ago – KABUL, AfghanistanPresident Hamid Karzai acknowledged Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency has been dropping off bags of ...

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai received backpacks of CIA cash ...
    3 hours ago – AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai says his office has received money from the US Central Intelligence Agency over the past decade, with wads ...

    Afghan President Says CIA Cash Payments Were Small And Legit ...
    6 hours ago – Afghan President Hamid Karzai with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (center) and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Monday.

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