Afghans set to vote in parliamentary elections on Saturday despite Taliban threats, rampant corruption
In areas where the government still provides relative security, Afghans face a different array of challenges. Widespread corruption forces people to pay bribes for shabby public services, and increasingly influential ultraconservative clerics blame the country's many ills on years of Western influence, threatening to roll back the limited gains made by women and civil society since the 2001 US-led invasion.
Top Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar shooting ahead of parliamentary election; Taliban claims responsibility
General Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful security commanders, was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday, officials said.
Security forces swarmed the southern city of Kandahar after the shooting that shuttered shops and sent terrified civilians — already on high alert for attacks — into their homes.