Worldwatch

MANISH SWARUP/AP

As elections near, Karzai is losing ground to warlords

Bullets vs. Ballots
AFGHANISTAN The last bunch arrives late in the afternoon, a group of women who have come to Kabul's Eid Mosque to register to vote in Afghanistan's first presidential election, on Oct. 9. One by one they lift their burqas to be photographed, revealing faces young and old. The turnout is encouraging — 90% of an estimated 10 million eligible voters have so far registered. And the very fact that elections can take place in this war-ravaged country is a good sign. But a growing split between the country's restive warlords and the administration...

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