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Taliban Try to Frighten Afghan Voters in Rural Areas

After a relatively dormant winter, Taliban insurgents are waging a violent campaign in the countryside to frighten people from cooperating with the American-backed government and from taking part in elections scheduled for the summer. In Zormat, a district in southeastern Afghanistan, the police recently detained three men carrying Taliban leaflets warning people not to register for the vote, a process being overseen by the United Nations that is months behind schedule. “You should not take an election registration card,” the leaflets read, according to the local deputy police chief, Zazai Kamran. “If anyone does, his life will be in danger.” The leaflets also call on people to fight against the government. The leaflets were discovered three weeks ago, and the three men were handed over to the American forces based there. But the message continues to circulate. Full Story

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