As Karzai Loses His Grip in Afghanistan, A Familiar Face Looms

(TIME) — IT wasn’t long ago that Afghan president Hamid Karzai was seen as a dependable U.S. ally on par with Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf. But as Afghanistan has fallen into violent chaos–along with Pakistan–tensions have erupted between Karzai and the United States and Britain. One of the most worried U.S. officials is Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan-born ambassador to the United Nations, who is seriously considering running for Karzai’s seat himself when the next elections are held in 2009, according to several U.N. and U.S. government officials. Full Report