A deal and doubts

Print edition : October 31, 2014

Afghan security personnel during an anti-Taliban operation near the border with Pakistan. Photo: Noorullah SHIRZADA/AFP

(Seated, from right) Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham after signing the security agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond 2014, at the presidential palace in Kabul on September 30. Among those looking on are (from right) Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish, First Vice-President Rashid Dostum, President Ashraf Ghani and new Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah. Photo: Mohammad Ismail/REUTERS

After a flawed election process, a U.S.-brokered power-sharing deal produces a “win-win” result for both presidential candidates, Ghani and Abdullah. Meanwhile, Taliban attacks have increased.
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