July 12, 2011 7:17 PM

Karzai brother's death worsens U.S. troubles in Afghanistan

In the end, Ahmed Wali Karzai personified America's dearth of good options in Afghanistan. He was a corrupt politico who became the kingpin of volatile southern Afghanistan through kickbacks, violence, family ties, and working both sides of the war — the Taliban and the West. He promised the U.S.-led military coalition that dealing with him would promote security, but it brought mixed results at best.

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