The challenger in the Nov. 7 presidential runoff election in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, said Sunday that he might withdraw unless Hamid Karzai takes steps to ensure that the runoff will be fair.
Some Afghans say they are tired of the election's toll on lives and business. A runoff between President Karzai and Dr. Abdullah is slated for Nov. 7.
He must help weak elected leaders amid conflict in all three Islamic nations.
A second round of voting in the Afghanistan election, set for Nov. 7, adds security and logistical difficulties to a process already marred by fraud.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to the Nov. 7 election runoff under heavy pressure. With Obama considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, the US will be watching to see if the corrupt government is trustworthy.
President Hamid Karzai backed away from threats to reject an election runoff Monday in a move diplomats say breathes life into efforts to find a legitimate leader for Afghanistan.
A UN-backed body investigating fraud in the Afghanistan election announced new vote tallies Monday that may force top candidates President Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah into a runoff.
President Hamid Karzai's camp is now threatening to call into question the legitimacy of the whole election if the final tally shows that he did not win outright.
The Pakistan Army is going after terrorists who target Pakistan. All the major terrorist networks attacking US forces in Afghanistan operate from other areas of Pakistan.
A Times of London story charges that Italy paid Taliban not to attack Italian forces, and that its lack of disclosure of the practice had catastrophic consequences for French replacements.