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Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015    

KABUL Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul. The president's failure to nominate a full cabinet since he took office in September has sown great discontent among Afghans and Saturday's vote was seen as a test of his government's influence over parliament. As the Afghan army remained without political leadership on Wednesday, Taliban militants were fighting the government for check points in Wardak province, so...

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