Ruhullah, a powerful security contractor in southern Afghanistan, waits to greet visitors at his Kandahar compound. A loyal ally of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai, Ruhullah is poised to take control of a new security firm under a controversial plan to consolidate unregulated military power in southern Afghanistan.
Ruhullah, a powerful security contractor in southern Afghanistan, waits to greet visitors at his Kandahar compound. A loyal ally of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai, Ruhullah is poised to take control of a new security firm under a controversial plan to consolidate unregulated military power in southern Afghanistan. Dion Nissenbaum/MCT
Ruhullah, a powerful security contractor in southern Afghanistan, waits to greet visitors at his Kandahar compound. A loyal ally of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai, Ruhullah is poised to take control of a new security firm under a controversial plan to consolidate unregulated military power in southern Afghanistan. Dion Nissenbaum/MCT

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