Jul 10, 2014

Afghanistan’s election quagmire

Allegations of vote fraud in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election threaten to hobble the Kabul government as the Taliban step up their attacks.

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

May 26, 2014

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

After paying a surprise visit Sunday to soldiers fighting the last battles of America’s longest war, U.S. President Barack Obama promised a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan “fairly shortly.” Obama made a covert night-time trip from the White House to Bagram Air ...

Apr 29, 2014

Building hope in Afghanistan

More than 55 percent of an estimated 12 million eligible Afghan voters turned out for the presidential election earlier this month, braving Taliban attacks against polling stations. That's up from the 30 to 35 percent turnout in 2009.

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

| Apr 4, 2014

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

Growing violence in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar ahead of the presidential election next week highlights a rift between Pashtun tribes that could tip the country back into civil war. The fate of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban insurgency, is crucial. Some Afghans fear ...

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

Mar 29, 2014

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

by Kim Gamel

When Afghans select their new president next month, it will largely be up to tens of thousands of Afghan poll watchers to catch signs of ballot box stuffing and other vote-rigging that tarnished Hamid Karzai’s reelection five years ago. The international observer mission is ...

Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

Mar 7, 2014

Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

The brother of President Hamid Karzai dropped out of Afghanistan’s election on Thursday and endorsed former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, an announcement seen as signaling the current leader’s preferred successor. The first major move in the election campaign before polling day on April 5 ...