THE WORLDPOST
08/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Warlord Building Afghan Empire With U.S. Taxpayer Aid

TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan -- The most powerful man in this arid stretch of southern Afghanistan is not the provincial governor, nor the police chief, nor even the commander of the Afghan Army.

It is Matiullah Khan, the head of a private army that earns millions of dollars guarding NATO supply convoys and fights Taliban insurgents alongside American Special Forces.

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