June 17, 2014

Afghanistan Won't End Up Like Iraq

Akhilesh PIllalamarri, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

This past Saturday, on June 14, Afghanistan successfully held the second round of its presidential elections, which could usher in the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power in its history. This election was a run-off between the two frontrunners from the previous round, held on April 5: former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani. Both candidates, unlike incumbent President Hamid Karzai, have pledged to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, which...

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TAGGED: Afghanistan, Iraq, Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Hamid Karzai, Taliban


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