In Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, delayed parliamentary vote tense but peaceful - Washington Post

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Amid high tension and tight security, tens of thousands of voters lined up Saturday across southern Kandahar province, where polling in Afghan parliamentary elections was held one week late after the provincial police chief was assassinated in a shooting claimed by the Taliban. By late afternoon, no insurgent attacks or other violence were reported at more than 1,100 polling stations, where about half a million voters had registered to choose among 111 candidates competing for 11 legislative seats. Many voting sites opened late or suffered from...

At least 50 Afghans died in election day violence. Will future votes be safer? - PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Despite a shroud of violence and voting delays, more than 4 million Afghans cast their ballots in parliamentary elections last weekend, according to the country’s election commission. Afghans waited, often in long lines, to vote for 249 seats in the lower house of parliament, up for grabs for the first time in eight years. More than 2,500 candidates, including 417 women, vied for those seats. But violence leading up to the vote shook the nation, included the shooting death of Kandahar province’s police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, by one of his own guards. Ten candidates also...

Afghanistan’s Elections Shrink in Face of Violence - Wall Street Journal

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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When Afghans cast ballots Saturday in parliamentary elections viewed as a crucial test run for the presidential vote, it will be a shrinking number of voters that braves the tide of Taliban and Islamic State violence. For the first time since a U.S.-led invasion forced the Taliban from power in 2001, elections won't be held across Afghanistan. Residents of an entire province won't go to the polls because the country's security forces can't protect polling stations there. Ghazni, the seventh most populous of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces at 1.3 million people, won’t be the only disenfranchised area. After...

Can the Afghan cease-fire pave the way for peace? - The Hill

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

By: Scott Worden; Anthony Wanis-St. John

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The Government of Afghanistan on June 7 offered a unilateral, week-long cease-fire to the Taliban beginning June 12, in observance of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Of course, a cease-fire is not a peace agreement, but it can lead to one.

A string of deadly attacks in Afghanistan exposes government weakness, limits of U.S. training effort - Washington Post

Monday, January 29, 2018

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Three deadly attacks in Afghanistan's capital have killed more than 130 people in just over a week, a nearly unprecedented urban terrorism blitz that seemed likely to prompt a sobering international reassessment of Afghan defense capabilities as the Trump administration begins building a new, ramped-up military presence and intensified combat-training role.

Afghanistan’s Hipsters Have Found Themselves A Pocket Of Calm - BuzzFeed

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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You summon a ride using the Kaweyan Cabs taxi-hailing app, listening to upbeat Pashtun pop as your driver takes you through streets clogged with traffic. You get to the workshare space at the Hub, where you rent a desk and spend a few hours responding to emails on your laptop, and perhaps play a few rounds...