A Killing in Kandahar: What Ahmed Wali Karzai’s Death Means for the U.S.

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A huge power vacuum has opened in southern Afghanistan with the assassination Tuesday of Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother and, fundamentally, the godfather of Kandahar. U.S. officials are debating whether he will be followed by a more benign tribal autocrat or someone alleged to be just as bad — and how much influence the Taliban will have over whoever fills his shoes.

Quick answer: There will be blood.

Read on at Battleland.
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