Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

Blackwater security contractors guard Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as he arrives at a community sports center in Baghdad in 2006.

The Afghan-born former diplomat served as U.S. ambassador in Kabul under President George W. Bush. In Afghanistan, views of Khalilzad are mixed, with some blaming him for many of the country’s woes.

(Image credit: Jacob Silberberg/AP)