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Abdullah Abdullah speaks to supporters during a meeting in Kabul on August 21.

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has pulled out of the UN-supervised audit of votes cast in the country's June 14 runoff, casting the disputed election deeper into disarray and clouding the chances for a swift resolution. More

Taliban Beheads Afghan Village Mullah

An official says Taliban militants have beheaded a village mullah in Afghanistan's western Farah Province after accusing him of cooperating with the government. More

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (file photo)

Abdullah May Quit Afghan Vote Audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has threatened to withdraw from an audit of votes cast in the June 14 runoff. More

Pentagon Plans For Quick Afghan Exit If Election Dispute Continues

The U.S. military's top officer says the Pentagon has plans that would allow U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan for a short time beyond 2014 if Afghanistan’s contested presidential election stalemate continues and prevents the signing of a security agreement. More

Afghan election workers sort ballot papers during an audit of the presidential runoff vote in the country's general election at a counting center in Kabul on August 25.

Fraudulent Afghan Votes 'Invalidated'

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) has begun invalidating fraudulent votes cast in the June 14 presidential runoff. More

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Video More Warnings South Of The Afghan-Turkmen Border

The situation in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any government force capable of maintaining order has led to the resurgence of local warlords. More

A Pipeline From A Land Of Water To A Land Of Oil

Iran is looking for more water and some Iranian officials believe the place to get it is from Tajikistan. The problem is how to get the water from Tajikistan's mountains to Iran, several hundred kilometers away. More
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Features & Commentary

Amid Election Uncertainty, Karzai Prepares For Inauguration Ceremony

The impasse in Afghanistan's presidential election is far from over. But that has not stopped outgoing President Hamid Karzai from fixing a date and hastily ordering preparations for the event.

Afghans Laud, Rights Groups Concerned By 'Take No Prisoners' Orders

Afghans have lauded security chiefs for ordering their forces to kill militants on the battlefield instead of taking prisoners. But the "take no prisoners" orders are worrying human rights groups, who say they could violate international law.

'When Are You Going Back?' Afghanistan's Sikhs, Strangers In Their Own Land

The discovery of some three dozen Afghan Sikh migrants in a British-bound shipping container has put the spotlight on Afghanistan's tiny Sikh minority, who often feel alienated in their own country.

Photogallery Fire Sale At Kabul's Famous 'Obama Bazaar'

The "Obama Bazaar" in Kabul, named after U.S. President Barack Obama, thrived for years. But with the withdrawal of foreign combat troops it has fallen on hard times.

Photogallery Afghans Feel Bite Of Military Pullout

As the foreign military footprint shrinks in Afghanistan, the country's dependence on the war economy is evident.

Afghan Election Audit Marred By Disagreements, Delays

Just over a week into the audit of all the votes cast in Afghanistan's presidential election, the review has been marred by delays and disagreements.

Parliamentary System A Risky Solution For Afghanistan

Creating a parliamentary system might be a cure for what ails Afghan politics. But it also promises to be a protracted undertaking that is fraught with risks.

Abdullah Holds Powerful Cards In Afghan Election Crisis

There is no underestimating the anger that supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah feel over initial election results showing him way behind his rival. But how much power does he have to make trouble if the crisis continues?
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