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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Sardar Mohammad
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.
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.
Tooryalai Wesa, the provincial governor of Kandahar, identified the assassin as Sardar Mohammad and said he was a close, "trustworthy" person who had gone to Wali Karzai's house to get him to sign some papers.