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‘Voting means you’re crazy’: fear of Taliban haunts Afghanistan’s ballot

World news | The Guardian

There have been attacks on a campaign rally and a candidate: voters say they are afraid for their lives

Afghanistan must choose a new president this week, but every election over the last decade has been riddled with fraud and marred by violence, and fears are growing that the poll on may be the worst yet.

It comes as the war is raging with unprecedented intensity. Last week alone, dozens were killed when the Taliban flattened a hospital in an attack in the south, and a US drone strike hit a group harvesting pine nuts in the east. And looming over the poll is the future of controversial US efforts to negotiate a troop withdrawal with the Taliban, suspended after a tweet by President Donald Trump but not entirely dead.

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September 22nd 2019, 3:47 am
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