Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman will share control, but analysts say infighting could erupt again.
Top candidates Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah stand nearly tied at 40 percent. But 90 percent of polling stations remain to be counted and a rising number of fraud complaints adjudicated.
The Afghan, who said tortured into falsely confessing that he attacked US troops, has spent nearly one third of his life in the detention center.
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The president must do a better job of telling Americans why the effort is central to preventing another 9/11, experts say.
With President Hamid Karzai's rivals crying foul, the incumbent may win by solid margins but lose legitimacy – which could hamper counterinsurgency efforts.
After eight years, the Pentagon is only now giving the country its full attention – and understanding Afghanistan takes time.
Preliminary results are days away. All the campaigns have complained of fraud.
About 11 percent fewer polling places opened than Afghanistan estimated it needed. Provinces expected to vote for President Hamid Karzai had the most problems. Could it tip the election?