Read the inside story on how Obama lost Karzai.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a well-known figure in Afghan politics when he took office: His father was a prominent figure in the Afghan parliament in the 1960s and a leader of the Popalzai tribe. The younger Karzai had been an advisor to and spokesman for moderate members of the anti-Soviet mujahideen in the early 1980s. Karzai sits in the presidential palace in Kabul on Dec. 15, 2002, nearly a year into his interim appointment as president.
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