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Taliban Renews Threat as Afghan Campaign Starts

The campaign for Afghanistan’s first direct presidential election opened to little fanfare on Tuesday, while the Taliban, ousted in 2001 in a U.S.-led invasion, vowed again to disrupt the Oct. 9 poll. As candidates got off to a slow start wooing voters in the capital, the night before the start of the month-long campaign period saw fresh violence in the provinces. Government officials said at least four Taliban fighters and a government soldier were killed after a group of 70 guerrillas attacked a district headquarters in Zabul province. They said two more Taliban fighters were killed in another part of the province after ambushing a joint U.S. military and Afghan convoy, but there were no U.S. or government casualties.Full Story

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