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05/31/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

While Western Aid Officials Live Well, Poverty Drives Young Afghans To Fight For Taliban

Vast sums of money are being lavished by Western aid agencies on their own officials in Afghanistan at a time when extreme poverty is driving young Afghans to fight for the Taliban. The going rate paid by the Taliban for an attack on a police checkpoint in the west of the country is $4, but foreign consultants in Kabul, who are paid out of overseas aids budgets, can command salaries of $250,000 to $500,000 a year.

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