Sacks of Cash
31-Oct-2010 (one comment)

Tehran’s influence buyers are on a shopping spree in Kabul. The New York Times only scratched the surface in last week’s report that Iranian officials have delivered bags of cash worth millions of dollars to President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff, Umar Daudzai. Karzai confirmed that story but dismissed concerns about corruption, saying the money was spent on “various expenses and helping people.” But NEWSWEEK has learned that the practice goes far beyond Karzai’s office. In fact, Iranians almost routinely give cash to Afghan officials, parliamentarians, politicians, and religious leaders to promote Tehran’s agenda.

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by yolanda on

Wow! It sounds like a bidding war between US and IRI to win Afghanistan over.......I am not sure if the tactic is Islamic or capitalist....maybe Islamic/capitalist combo: black chador wrapped around $50,000 cash!

Thank you for sharing.