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Apr 5, 2014
Apr 5, 2014
Apr 5, 2014

Landmark Afghan election begins under shadow of violence

KABUL (Reuters) – Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan’s presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001.

Taliban insurgents launched a spate of attacks that killed dozens in the run-up to the vote, which they brand as a U.S.-backed sham, but there was no word of violence as voting got under way.

Apr 4, 2014
Apr 4, 2014
Apr 4, 2014

Price of a voter card in Afghanistan? Taliban offer $5

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, April 4 (Reuters) – The Taliban have
launched a violent campaign to disrupt this weekend’s
presidential election in Afghanistan, but in a restive eastern
corner of the country they are paying villagers to surrender
their voting cards.

Residents in Nangarhar province, which lies on the border
with Pakistan, said local Taliban militants have been offering
voters 500 Pakistani rupees – the equivalent of just over $5 -
to opt out of the election.

Apr 3, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Escalating attacks jangle nerves ahead of crucial Afghan vote

KABUL (Reuters) – With a week to go before Afghanistan’s presidential election, escalating violence across the country risks undermining the credibility of a vote meant to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghan history.

The Taliban have declared war on the April 5 election, calling it a Western-backed sham and threatening to do everything in their power to derail the vote through a campaign of gun attacks, bombings and assassinations.

Mar 28, 2014

Foreigners escape Taliban siege in Kabul; Afghan child killed

KABUL, March 28 (Reuters) – Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul
guesthouse used by a U.S.-based aid group and held four
foreigners hostage for several hours on Friday, just eight days
before Afghanistan holds a presidential election which the
militant group has vowed to derail.

Kabul is already on high alert and people across the country
are on edge ahead of an April 5 vote the hardline Islamist
movement has denounced as a Western-backed sham.

Mar 28, 2014

Six foreigners trapped inside besieged Kabul guesthouse

KABUL (Reuters) – Six foreigners including three Americans were trapped inside a Kabul guesthouse on Friday after a group of Taliban gunmen laid siege to the building, police said.

A Reuters witness at the scene saw about 20 people who appeared to be non-Afghans being evacuated from the guesthouse in an upmarket residential area of the capital, many looking frightened and in shock.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
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