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Saddam 'Relative' Seeks Tajik Asylum

A man claiming to be a relative of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seeking political asylum in Tajikistan. More

Hashmat Karzai (file photo)

Karzai's Cousin Killed in Suicide Attack

A suicide attacker has killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the southern province of Kandahar. More

The United States has provided hundreds of thousands of weapons to Afghan security forces since 2004. (file photo)

Afghan Weapons Missing, Says Report

Weapons bought and paid for by the United States for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have gone missing, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released on July 28. More

Weapons Given To Afghan Security Forces By The U.S. Have Gone Missing: Report

Weapons bought and paid for by the United States for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have gone missing, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released on July 28. More

Afghanistan Attacks Kill At Least 13

Afghan officials say attacks across Afghanistan killed at least 13 people on July 26. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Russia's In The Driver's Seat, But China's Buying The Car

While Russia does maintain a series of levers in Central Asia -- cultural, economic, militaristic -- these levers will not remain in perpetuity. China doesn't yet dictate Central Asia's direction and sway, but it seems to be just a matter of time before it does.. More

Video RFE/RL Roundtable: Afghanistan's Presidential Election

Join RFE/RL for a Google+ Hangout on the upcoming presidential runoff in Afghanistan. More
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Features & Commentary

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?

Possible Scenarios In Afghanistan's Presidential Election

With the Afghan presidential election in a deadlock, there are a handful of scenarios that could play out in the coming days and weeks.

New Recording Alleges Order To Cover Up Afghan Election Fraud

Less than a week after a secretly recorded conversation led to the resignation of a top election official, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's campaign has released audio of a provincial governor purportedly ordering an Army officer to ignore vote fraud.

Interview: NATO Chief Counting On Afghan Election Authorities

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has faith in the Afghan election authorities, is confident in the ability of the country's security forces, and says Kabul should take the lead in negotiations with the Taliban.

Afghan Election: Antisocial Networking Prompts Calls For Twitter, Facebook Ban

Calls are growing for Facebook and Twitter to be banned in Afghanistan, where rival supporters of presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are using it as a platform for hate speech and provocative remarks.

Afghan Protests Erupt Amid Allegations Of Widespread Fraud

Several protest movements have taken to the streets of Kabul to demonstrate against what they say is widespread fraud in the presidential runoff on June 14.
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