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Concerns about security of US-trained Afghan military. EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Killing of US general in Kabul raises fears of Taliban resurgence

The US major-general killed in an insider attack at a military academy near Kabul is the highest-ranked US casualty since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another 15 officers were wounded, including…
Preliminary election results released on July 7 put Ashraf Ghani as winner of the Afghan presidential poll. Jawad Jalali/EPA

Solution to Afghan election crisis lies in elite power-broking

Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghan finance minister, is leading the race to replace Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan, according to the preliminary results announced on July 7 by the Independent Election…
Doing deals: Zalmai Rassoul and Gul Agha Sherzai will support front-runner Abdullah Abdullah in the run-off. EPA/S Sabawoon

Afghanistan election: with Kabul in lockdown, we watch and wait

The date for the second round of the Afghan Presidential elections has just been announced – June 14. It will be a run off between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi. It can’t come soon enough…
Afghanistan’s Hazara minority has a huge stake in the future of democracy. EPA/Jawad Jalali

Afghanistan’s Hazara minority flexes its political muscles

Given that no census has been conducted in Afghanistan since 1979, it’s unclear whether the Hazara ethnic minority constitute 9% or near 20% of the country’s population. What is clear, however, is that…
Professor turned politician: Ashraf Ghani. EPA/S. Sabawoon

Afghan election: Ashraf Ghani, my friend the frontrunner

Friendship is rare and to call a person “friend” is a serious matter. It’s not complicated – it implies really looking forward to the next conversation with that person. It implies sharing ideas, hopes…

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