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Karzai’s pardons nullify drug court gains

Well-known traffickers set free ahead of election

A woman walked under an election campaign banner of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who has pardoned drug traffickers tied to well-respected families. A woman walked under an election campaign banner of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who has pardoned drug traffickers tied to well-respected families. (Ahmad Massoud/Associated Press)
By Farah Stockman
Globe Staff / July 3, 2009

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KABUL - When five drug traffickers in military uniforms were caught transporting heroin in a police truck in 2007, it was a victory for a dogged team of Afghan investigators and their US mentors who are waging a Quixotic battle against narcotics, the nation’s largest industry. (Full article: 1388 words)

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