Tuesday, March 23, 2004

AMIR OF HERAT: I don't think Brian is far off the mark with his analysis of recent events in Herat, though the view that Naibzadah is a commander loyal to Karzai is incorrect. Naibzadah is a Tajik (as is Ismail Khan; Karzai is Pashtun) and member of the same factional party (Jamaat-e-Islami) as Khan. He supposedly helped return Ismail Khan from exile in 2001. Karzai chose Naibzadah, thought to be friendly and non-hostile to Khan, so not to trouble Khan. Naibzadah figured that he had the support of Kabul and tried to become the “new Ismail Khan.” He failed miserably.

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