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Afghan Election Commission Attacked

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Wall Street Journal, 29 March 2014

In an article about the recent wave of attacks in Kabul, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

The escalating violence ahead of the April 5 election is unusual even by Afghan standards, and threatens to exceed levels that marred the country's previous election in 2009, said Thomas Ruttig, a co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a security and political think tank that provides advice to many of the country's donors.

"What is new is that we did not have these high-profile attacks back in 2009. That is new and that's worrying," Mr. Ruttig said. "Foreigners are also being targeted more and that leads to the withdrawal of crucial election observers, and that in turn hampers our picture of the outcome. I am more worried now about the quality of these elections."

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Taleban Elections violence election observation