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    KNAPP: Kandahar's newest job opening

    When Kandahar godfather Ahmed Wali Karzai (AWK) met a mafia shyster's ending on July 12, hardly a prayer was whispered before thoughts of the proverbial "power vacuum" seized the international media, the International Security Assistance Force and Kandahars themselves.

The lifeless body of Sardar Mohammad, who assassinated Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghanistan's president, hangs briefly from a building Tuesday in Charso Chowk, Kandahar province.

    Afghan President Karzai sobs at slain kin's burial

    Pushing through a ring of his security men, President Hamid Karzai climbed into his slain half brother's freshly dug grave Wednesday and sobbed alongside the coffin at a funeral attended by thousands of mourners.

  • ** FILE ** In this Wednesday, April 14, 2010, file photo Ahmad Wali Karzai, half-brother of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says Ahmad Wali Karzai was killed in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    Afghan president's half brother killed in south

    President Hamid Karzai's half brother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the government, was assassinated Tuesday by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south just as the government has begun peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal.

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