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AG Arrives in Afghanistan to Discuss Corruption Crackdown

Posted Jun 30, 2010 8:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in Afghanistan to discuss a crackdown on corruption and other law enforcement issues.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai had pledged to crack down on corruption, but critics say he’s been too slow to address the problems, report Reuters and CNN. Holder is the first U.S. attorney general to visit the nation.

The same day Holder was in Kabul, Taliban insurgents attacked an airport 75 miles away, but they did not get beyond the perimeter of the facility, CNN says.

In a statement, Holder said: ''Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled.''

The visit comes as Holder’s favorable rating has dropped to 32 percent, Main Justice reports. In a December poll by a different organization, 41 percent of the respondents had a favorable opinion of the attorney general.

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