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Mar 27, 2014

Kandahar, cradle of Afghan insurgency, torn by tribal rivalry ahead of vote

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Growing violence in the southern province of Kandahar ahead of Afghanistan’s 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 a loss in the vote for Zalmai Rassoul, a candidate close to President Hamid Karzai, could push Kandahar’s powerful Pashtun tribes into rejecting rule from Kabul, some 500 km (300 miles) away. Others fear the same outcome if he wins.

Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

Afghan minister promises safe vote despite Taliban pressure

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan Interior Minister Umer Daudzai, the man in charge of security during next week’s presidential election, said on Wednesday the country was under pressure from an escalating Taliban insurgency but pledged to ensure a safe vote.

Afghanistan will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai on April 5 in a crucial election which is designed to mark the first democratic transfer of power in its history.

Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 25, 2014

Taliban gunmen storm election office near Afghan presidential candidate’s home

KABUL (Reuters) – Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office beside the home of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday and engaged in a lengthy gun battle with Afghan security forces.

The Afghan capital is on high alert ahead of an April 5 presidential election that Taliban insurgents have threatened to derail through a campaign of bombings and assassinations.

Mar 25, 2014
Mar 25, 2014

Explosions, gunfire near Afghan presidential candidate’s home

KABUL, March 25 (Reuters) – Suicide bombers attacked a
building next to the house of Afghan presidential candidate
Ashraf Ghani and engaged in a gun battle with security guards
protecting his home, officials said.

More than an hour after the initial explosions, gunfire
could still be heard in the area, which had been cordoned off by
police, a Reuters cameraman at the scene said.

Mar 25, 2014
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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."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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