Could Hamid Karzai be any more corrupt? Iran arms the Taliban against Coalition forces and the Afghan army.
Karzai: We receive cash from Iran
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said that his office receives cash in bags from Iran.
The Afghan leader said on Monday that this method of aid distribution is transparent and helps cover government expenses. He also said that the US makes similar cash payments.
The comments came after a report on Sunday that Karzai’s chief of staff, Omar Dawoodzai, receives covert bagfuls of money – possibly as much as $6 million in a single payment – sent by neighbouring Iran in a bid to secure influence.
Karzai said the money was used for palace expenses, salaries and for “people outside,” but gave no further details.
The New York Times, citing an unnamed Afghan official, said that millions of dollars in cash channelled from Iran are used to pay Afghan parliamentarians, tribal elders and Taliban commanders.
Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said world leaders should have “every reason to be concerned about Iran trying to have a negative influence on Afghanistan.”
He added Iran had a responsibility to exert “a positive influence on the formation of a government there, and to ensure that Afghanistan is not a country where terrorists can find safe harbour, or where attacks can be planned on their soil.”
Karzai said he gets money from several “friendly countries” but named only the US and Iran, the latter contributing almost $1 million twice per year. Karzai said he will continue to ask for Iranian money.
“The government of Iran assists (my) office with five or six or seven hundred thousand euros once or twice a year, which is official aid,” Karzai told reporters at a joint news conference in Kabul with visiting Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon.
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The situation in Afghanistan gets more farcical by the day. Who the hell is the enemy, everybody?
/I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to think [expletive deleted] it, what’s the point of us even being there anymore?
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