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Assessing the Afghan Election

Afghanistan’s first presidential election, held this month, was largely free of the violence threatened by the Taliban hoping to disrupt it. That led President Bush to declare the country an American-backed success story. By contrast, his challenger, Senator John Kerry, continued to describe Afghanistan the way many Americans and others still perceive it: a fractious nation riven with violence, terrorism and warlords. Neither description is a full reflection of the reality here, Afghan officials and Western diplomats and experts said this week. But all said the Taliban had probably been weakened as a result.Full Story

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