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November 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The Afghan government said Monday that the publication of secret diplomatic cables that disparaged President Hamid Karzai and his half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai was "unfortunate" but that it did not expect relations with Washington to be affected. The muted reaction might have been due to the fact that U.S. criticisms of the Afghan president's leadership, and officials' depictions of Ahmed Wali Karzai as extremely corrupt, already had been widely reported. The younger Karzai is the chairman of Kandahar's provincial council and is considered the main powerbroker in the key southern province.
September 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
President Hamid Karzai broke into tears Tuesday while delivering a speech in which he questioned the efficacy of the NATO military mission in Afghanistan and condemning an epidemic of violence gripping his country. In the same speech, the Afghan leader called on Taliban "compatriots" to lay down their arms. The government Tuesday named a nearly 70-member council to make peace overtures to the insurgency, whose leaders have rebuffed Karzai's appeals to come to the bargaining table.
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