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Western aid lines Taliban pockets in Afghanistan

By Emmanuel Duparcq (AFP) March 31, 2011

Much of the construction work being done in Afghanistan is in areas often controlled by the Taliban

KABUL — When Afghan businessman Rahim won a lucrative deal from a NATO sub-contractor to build a road in the violence-hit south of the country, he put in a call to a local Taliban leader.

The pair cut a deal — every month Rahim would meet a Taliban representative and quietly hand over $20,000. In return, the insurgents would leave his project alone.

“It was a good deal. We finished the project in seven months, 20 days ahead of schedule, without once being attacked,” he told AFP.

As the United States and its Western allies ramp up development in Afghanistan ahead of a planned military withdrawal, a significant proportion of the money spent is going to the very organisation they are here to defeat.

March 31, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, USAID | , , , , ,

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