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  1. Karzai furious at raid by foreigners on heroin labs

    LAURA KING

    01 Nov, 2010 03:00 AM

    KABUL: A furious Hamid Karzai has denounced a large drug raid by US forces and Russian drug agents as a violation of Afghan sovereignty.

    The outburst marked the latest in a series of tense confrontations between the Afghan President and his Western backers.

    It also signalled a degree of disarray within the Karzai administration, because Afghan police also took part in the raid, playing what US officials described as the lead role.

    Russian officials and the US Drug Enforcement Administration disclosed the raid on Friday. They said it had taken place late on Thursday in Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan, and opium and heroin production facilities and millions of dollars’ worth of drugs had been destroyed or seized.

    Mr Karzai’s office issued a stern statement, describing his government as ”committed to joint efforts with [the] international community against narcotics” but condemning the raid as a ”blatant violation of Afghanistan’s sovereignty”.

    ”Any repetition of such acts will prompt necessary reaction by our country,” the presidential palace warned.

    It was the first joint operation between the US and Russia, which has a huge heroin problem.

    Drug officials in Moscow had been blaming the US for this, saying its refusal to spray Afghan poppy fields was devastating Russia.

    While relations between the two countries had improved greatly in recent months they have not agreed on what to do about the mountains of heroin cascading over the border from Afghanistan. The complaints from Russia grew ever louder – until last week.

    At a briefing in Moscow, Viktor Ivanov, director of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, said that US forces acting on information from Russian intelligence had knocked out a complex of four drug laboratories on the Afghan border with Pakistan, confiscating a tonne of heroin worth millions.

    ”We are jointly working,” he said, adding that four Russians accompanied US forces, the first time Russians had been in an operation there since withdrawing from Afghanistan in 1989. ”As you can see, we do as we promise.”

    Mr Ivanov has been campaigning hard against the heroin epidemic: Russia has about 2 million addicts who consume about 21 per cent of the world’s supply. His critics say it is easier to campaign against heroin production in Afghanistan than to stem its use in Russia, where it is too profitable a business to disrupt, methadone is illegal and there is no rehabilitation system.

    Mr Karzai’s office said the ministries of interior and defence had been ordered to investigate the circumstances of the drug raid and report back.

    The US embassy in Kabul said the raid was led by the Afghan Interior Ministry’s Counter-Narcotics Police Sensitive Investigative Unit and the National Interdiction Unit. At times, however, Western officials have described operations in which Afghan forces played a secondary role as ”Afghan-led”.

    The incident was reminiscent of a raid carried out in July by Afghan authorities with US backing, which targeted a Karzai aide accused of corruption. The President swiftly ordered his aide freed and cut the powers of the two anti-corruption taskforces in question.

    Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post

  2. Afghans protest problems with parliament election

    AP News | 11/02/10 02:24 am

    Several hundred people took to the streets of Kabul on Tuesday to protest problems with September’s parliamentary poll, underscoring persistent concerns about the Afghan government’s ability to carry out elections.

    Preliminary results were announced last month but final results have not yet been established. The country’s Electoral Complaints Commission has discarded nearly a quarter of ballots cast, citing fraud. The decision sparked complaints that the body was manipulating results to make sure favored candidates won. A number of candidates demanded investigations, which are still ongoing.

    There have been small, scattered protests since the Sept. 18 election, with Afghans claiming their votes were not counted or protesting delays in naming the winners.

    The vote was supposed to be a way for the government to reaffirm its legitimacy after a badly flawed presidential election last year. Criticism over President Hamid Karzai’s severely flawed re-election damaged relations between the president and his Western allies and the relationship has still not recovered.

    More than 300 Afghans took part in Tuesday’s demonstration.

    “This was selection, not election,” said Siddiq Mansoor Ansari, who ran in eastern Nangarhar province. He said he had documented numerous instances of fraud before, during and after the polls.

    “We will continue our demonstrations all over the country. We will block roads if they don’t listen to us,” he said.

    Mohammed Daoud Sultanzoy, who ran in the southeastern Ghazni province said Afghans want “laws of this country to be upheld, not an election commission engineering an election to their own end.”

    “Election laws and the constitution of this country have been stepped on … if we don’t take care of this problem Afghanistan will see a serious security problem,” he said.

    Earlier, a bomb killed two coalition service members in volatile southern Afghanistan, according to a NATO statement Monday night. NATO did not provide further details or nationalities of those killed.

    An Afghan official in Kandahar said there had been a suicide attack on NATO troops in Zhari district on Monday evening that killed civilians but NATO said it was unaware of such an attack.

    The bomber was on a motorbike, said provincial spokesman Zelmai Ayubi. He did not have casualty figures for either NATO or civilians and NATO does not discuss wounded service members.

    NATO and Afghan troops began a major operation to wrest back control of the south from the Taliban insurgency in July. They have established some pockets of security but insurgents still carry out daily attacks and bombings.

    Analysts say the operation’s ultimate test of success will be whether it enables the Afghan government to establish its presence and win public support by providing services to the people.

    In a separate incident, a remotely piloted aircraft crashed in Behsud district in eastern Nangarhar Province on Tuesday. NATO said it was not carrying any weapons and the crash was not believed to be the result of enemy activity.

    Drones are widely used in both Afghanistan and over the border with Pakistan for surveillance and to target insurgent leaders. Some of the strikes have also resulted in civilian casualties.

    President Barack Obama has significantly increased the use of the remote-controlled spy planes and recent months have seen a surge of drone attacks aimed at killing Taliban and al-Qaida militants taking shelter in Pakistan.

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    Associated Press writer Mirwais Khan in Kandahar contributed to this report.

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