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Warlords, Rather Than Taliban, Pose Biggest Threat to Afghan Elections

With less than two weeks before millions of Afghans are expected to go to the polls, regional warlords backed by the United States pose a greater threat to a free and fair election than the efforts by the ousted Taliban to disrupt the balloting, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).The 52-page report, ‘The Rule of the Gun: Human Rights Abuses and Political Repression in the Run-Up to Afghanistan’s Presidential Election,’ says the international community, and NATO countries in particular, should vastly increase the number of troops in the Afghanistan to ensure security for the elections. It also complains that there are far too few international observers to monitor the elections and give confidence to voters that their ballots will be secret than are needed.Full Story

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