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The Post-Election Taliban Insurgency

The surprising turnout of the voters in the weekend’s presidential elections was a clear ‘no’ to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In contrast to what is narrated through the media, the ‘no’ votes of the citizens to the Taliban were not limited to the Election Day. Before the elections, the show-ups of the people in the provinces were a clear sign that the people would participate in large numbers in ...

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The Partial Results of the Elections

With the partial results of the election announced, Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani seem to be heading to a run-off election that would be held late next month. According to the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah has won 41.9 percent of the polls and Ashraf Ghani trails behind him with around 37 percent of the partial votes. The votes announced on Sunday count for 500,000 of the whole votes. The ECC offici ...

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Afghanistan’s Armed Forces Sustainability

Afghanistan National Security Forces was successful in a major security operation which tested its readiness against a potential resurgence of the Taliban. About 400,000-strong Afghan army and police forces played a remarkable role in securing the elections despite Taliban’s determination to disrupt the polls. The successful security operation for the elections attracted widespread praises for the security ...

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President Karzai’s Legacy

President Karzai will soon leave the presidential office and will become the first retired president of Afghanistan who has completed his term peacefully. There are a lot that contribute in defining President Karzai’s legacy. Issues such as corruption, anti-insurgency war, governance, and foreign invasion of Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s relations of the country with the outside world will be the most impor ...

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Determination of Afghans to Participate in the Elections

Despite daunting challenges ahead of the ongoing elections, a vast majority of Afghans seem determined to take part in the elections and make their voices heard in the collective decision-making process for determining the future leadership of the country. In recent weeks, there has been a wave of violence by terrorist organizations – the Taliban and other terrorist outfits. The Taliban organized a number o ...

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The Candidates Must Accept Election Results

Only days into the upcoming elections, a high ranking UN official urged Afghan presidential candidates to be prepared for accepting the election results. As the election date is getting closer, concerns are widespread about behaviors of the election candidates after the election outcome is announced. One of the key characteristics of the ongoing election is that it is highly contested and each of the frontr ...

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Frightening the Voters

Less than two weeks to the presidential election, the level of violence is steadily rising with Taliban militants organizing terror attacks on daily basis. On Tuesday, the militants attacked on an office of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul and a bank in eastern Kunar province which. The two terrorist attacks left many civilians and security personnel dead and wounded. The sudden surge in violenc ...

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Afghanistan’s Flawed Foreign Policy

Afghanistan joined the few countries that have recognized Crimea’s annexation to Russian after the last week referendum which the West and Ukraine transitional government call illegal. Crimea’s referendum and annexation to Russia marked a bitter confrontation between Moscow and the West which was unprecedented after the Cold War. In fact, it was the most serious confrontation between Russia and the Western ...

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Criticisms on the Government’s Taliban Policy

With the height of terrorist attacks of the Taliban militants, public anger has been growing recently over Afghan government’s policies towards the Taliban. As the next month presidential election is approaching, the level of violence has seen a sharp rise with the militants organizing brazen attacks in Kabul and elsewhere. The killing of the AFP journalist last week along with his children has sparked wide ...

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Taliban’s Unending Atrocities

In response to the tragic deaths of the terrorist attack at Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan’s media organizations announced a two-week boycott on the Taliban media coverage. The move came after the deadly attack in Kabul which led to the deaths of nine people including AFP reporter Ahmad Sardar along his two children and wife. The killing of the AFP along with his family has sparked widespread condemnati ...

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Afghanistan in 1393: Election and Security

As Afghanistan is going to celebrate the new Hijri year, the Taliban relentlessly continue their campaign of violence not only against Afghan security forces but also against innocent civilians. The latest brutal attack of a suicide bomber in Maymana of Faryab killed and wounded dozens of innocent people. As Afghanistan is getting closer to the Election Day, the bloodshed carried by the Taliban is not a goo ...

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Qanuni’s Succession as Vice President

President Hamid Karzai introduced Mohammad Younus Qanuni, a former speaker of the parliament, as successor of late former Vice President Qasim Fahim who passed away recently. According to the reports, Qanuni’s succession as the Vice President has been decided after extensive deliberations and negotiations between Karzai and Mujahedin and political figures, particularly members of Jamiat-e Islami to which Mr ...

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Concerns of Election Rigging

As the election date is approaching, there are increasing concerns about a possible rigging of the election as many of the polling stations remain insecure and out of assured control of the observers and the electoral bodies. Recently, some of the presidential candidates, particularly those from the opposition, have warned about attempts for electoral frauds which could potentially harm the democratic pract ...

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The Deteriorating Security for Election Campaigns

With the development of the presidential election process, security of the electoral campaigns across the country has been deteriorating. In recent month, the militants have intensified their assaults on the election campaigners and election workers in different provinces. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team has been targeted more than every other candidate during recent weeks of the ongoing election campaign ...

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Karzai’s Remarks on Election, Peace and BSA

In his address to the parliament, President Karzai warned foreigners not to meddle in Afghanistan’s election. In his last speech to the parliament, the President addressed some key issues including the forthcoming elections, Afghanistan’s relations with the US, the bilateral security agreement and Pakistan’s role in the peace efforts. President Karzai once again assured that there would be a fair and free e ...

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Threats against the Journalists on the Rise

As Afghans mourn the death of their country’s vice president, a Swedish journalist was killed in Kabul by militants in downtown Kabul. According to the reports, a less known group named the “Mahaz-e Fadayi Taliban”, which is a hard-liner branch of the Taliban, claimed the attack on the foreign national in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. In reaction to the attack, the main media supporting organization condem ...

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Threatening the Elections

The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the upcoming elections and asked the people not to participate in the April’s presidential race. A spokesman of the militant group released a statement calling the practice as an American agenda which aims to bring a pro-American figure to power in Kabul. The new threats from the Taliban are coming a few weeks to the election which is to be the first election in Afghanistan ...

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Marshal Fahim’s Absence in the Electoral Politics

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Marshal Qasim Fahim’s death was unexpected and occurred at a crucial juncture of time. As a leading political figure, Fahim passed away at a time when the country is inching closer to the April’s presidential election, which is going to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan. Marshal Fahim was expected to play an important role in the upcoming elections ...

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The Dark Past and The Uncertain Future for Women

Afghanistan observed the International Women’s Day as the country is bracing for transitioning into a new period which is marred with uncertainty particularly for the women. As previous year, Afghanistan celebrated the Women’s Day through special events and ceremonies. The Day is particularly import for the women of Afghanistan as the Afghan women along with the civil society are struggling to preserve the ...

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The Prospect of Post-2014 for Afghan Women

The reports once again highlighted the dire situation for women in Afghanistan. Ahead of two major transition processes – the 2014 NATO withdrawal and the forthcoming presidential elections – in the country, there are increasing concerns on the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan. There are concerns that there may be a possibility of a possible reverse in women’s rights after withdrawal of foreign troop ...

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