Foreign forces ready to help Afghan killing probe

13th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A senior officer of the foreign forces in Afghanistan pledged Wednesday to help bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of President Hamid Karzai's powerful half-brother.

German Army Major General Richard Rossmanith, the deputy chief of staff for stability of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said it was premature to assess Taliban claims it killed Ahmed Wali Karzai.

"ISAF will support the Afghan government in every possible way to bring to justice those involved in the murder of Ahmed Wali Karzai," Rossmanith told reporters at the Pentagon by videoconference.

"We should avoid now to jump (to) too early conclusions. This needs to be analyzed in detail from all aspects," he said.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, 49, was the top powerbroker in Kandahar and the rest of southern Afghanistan, the historic stronghold of the Taliban which imposed a harsh brand of Islamic rule on much of the country until it was ousted in 2001.

The younger Karzai was considered the unavoidable partner of Western forces in bringing stability but he was also deeply controversial, with allegations for years of corruption and links to the opium trade and CIA.

Police said the assassin was Sardar Mohammed, who provided security to the family and was killed immediately after the attack. The Taliban claimed to have recruited the longtime bodyguard.

© 2011 AFP

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