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US Finds Graft by Favored Afghan Governor - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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Internal U.S. documents seen by the Wall Street Journal detailed “systemic corruption” by a top Afghan governor and his administration.

One document, a draft diplomatic cable awaiting final review, alleges that Gov. Gul Agha Shirzai, who leads Nangarhar province, and members of administration are engaged in corrupt activity, including extortion, illegal “land grabbing” and narcotics trafficking, the Journal reported.

Shirzai, contacted through his spokesman and intermediaries with details on the allegations, didn’t respond to the Journal’s repeated requests for comment.

The document alleges, among other things, that Shirzai amassed a vast personal fortune from an unauthorized tax collected at a border crossing with Pakistan. It nets him between $1.5 million and $4 million a month, the Journal report said, citing the document.