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Afghanistan to get anti-corruption unit

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 16 November 2009

A dedicated unit to investigate top-level corruption in Afghanistan is to be formed, after widespread criticism of President Hamid Karzai's re-election.

Afghan President Karzai (credit:Reuters)

The pledge comes in response to demands from the US for the country's government to clean up its act after accusations of fraud and vote-rigging.

At a news conference Interior Minister Hanif Atmar, who was flanked by high-ranking Afghan, US and British officials, said: "President Hamid Karzai, after being re-elected for another five years, has dedicated his five years to fighting corruption."

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has said al-Qaida is the biggest threat to US security, as his aides stepped up pressure on Afghanistan and Pakistan to cooperate with Washington's anti-terror strategy.

The US president has repeatedly been accused of dithering on the Afghan war and troop levels, with some critics saying he risks a "Suez-style" political and military crisis.

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