Good news from Afghanestan

It was a rare victory for the underdog in what’s become a burgeoning real estate scandal for the government of U.S.-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Some U.N. and human rights officials say the scandal could play into the hands of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamists who were ousted by a U.S.-led coalition two years ago for harboring Osama bin Laden. Now fighting as a guerrilla force, the Taliban portrays the new regime as unconcerned about improving life for ordinary Afghans.

While millions of displaced Afghans are living in camps or in makeshift housing, human rights officials say, entire neighborhoods in some of Afghanistan’s largest cities are being constructed for military commanders on what had been public land.

Washington Burea

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