July 13 - Afghan president attends the burial ceremony of his brother Ahmad Wali Karzai, killed Tuesday by a trusted security guard. Travis Brecher reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai buries his brother, assassinated on Tuesday in his home. Ahmad Wali Karzai, one of southern Afghanistan's most powerful and controversial men, was shot dead by a trusted bodyguard. The killing cast a shadow over Kandahar, where violence has spiked in recent months after the Taliban in the region came under pressure from a new wave of coalition troops. Ahmad Wali Karzai's power didn't come from his position as head of the provincial council, but rather from his tribal and family connections and the fortune he accumulated. He's been accused of amassing his wealth and power from the drugs trade, intimidating rivals, and having links to the CIA -- all charges he strongly denied. And the Afghan president said Tuesday that none of the charges have ever been proven. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the high-profile killing, saying they had been in communication with the bodyguard-turned-assassin. A recent U.N. report said over half of all assassinations in Afghanistan since March have been carried out in Kandahar City. Travis Brecher, Reuters