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Special Reports Last Updated: Sep 22nd, 2010 - 00:23:43

Afghan ambassador to United States set up by neocons
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Sep 22, 2010, 00:21

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(WMR) -- U.S. State Department sources have told WMR that the recently fired ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, Said Taleb Jawad was fired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, partly on the orders of the Obama administration.

Jawad had been critical of the policy of the US/NATO Afghanistan commander, General David Petraeus, for reinstituting a policy of increasing air strikes, which has increased civilian casualties.

Jawad, who served as Afghanistan�s envoy in Washington for the past seven years, had been a favorite of the neocons for his constant references to the Taliban being allied with �Al Qaeda,� the phony construct created by the neocons and CIA as an excuse for America�s war of aggression against Muslims and other opponents of the United States around the world. In 2006, Jawad insisted that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in major Pakistani cities where kidney dialysis was available and not in caves in remote Pakistan. Morer recently, Jawad criticized President Obama�s July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal date for U.S, troops.

However, after the Karzai family and government was cited as responsible for a major financial fraud involving the Kabul Bank and information leaked out through the opposition that Karzai planned further election fraud in the parliamentary election held this past weekend, Jawad let it be known he was not happy with Karzai. Jawad had also pushed for a coalition government with Karzai�s presidential opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, after it was revealed that Karzai�s election was fraudulent. Karzai�s outreach to the Taliban was also criticized by Jawad.

In classical neocon fashion, Jawad suddenly found himself the subject of a smear campaign using doctored photographs, leaked to the Afghan web-based media, showing women in sleeveless dresses dancing and guests drinking alcohol at an alleged Ramadan dinner at the Afghan embassy in Washington. Jawad said the photographs were faked and that he was being subjected to a smear campaign. Jawad, who is accredited as the Afghan ambassador to Brazil and Colombia, was traveling to both countries at the time of the alleged Ramadan dinner at the Washington embassy. Jawad is also accredited to Argentina and Mexico. Jawad said there was no such dinner held at the embassy while he was traveling in Brazil and Colombia.

Amid the furor over the photographs in Afghanistan, Jawad was fired by Karzai and told to return to Afghanistan. A friend of the ambassador said that Jawad�s personal safety in Afghanistan could be at stake but that the likelihood that Jawad would be granted political asylum in the United States was slim. The friend said, �the United States does not grant asylum to those from countries considered allies.� However, it looks likely that the U.S. will grant Jawad and his family residency in the United States. Jawad was a dual U.S.-Afghan citizen but had to give up his American citizenship when he accepted the position as Afghan ambassador to the United States in 2003. Jawad has been told by Kabul to vacate the Washington embassy by September 22.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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