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Afghanistan: PRE 2009 Presidential Elections


Travis Beard, David Gill and Jeremy Kelly

The second 'democratic' Afghan presidential elections will take place on the 20th of August. Afghanistan is a country riddled with corruption, drugs and violence. 7000 polling stations have been set up, but with threats and attacks from the Taliban occurring daily, many wonder how many Afghans will take the risk to vote in an election that most see as being decided by powers outside Afghanistan.


 

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weapons handed in by taliban members who surrendered one day before the presidential elections are put on display.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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weapons handed in by taliban members who surrendered one day before the presidential elections are put on display.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Governor Fidai of Wardak province inspects the weapons handed in by taliban members who surrendered one day before the presidential elections.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Governor Fidai of Wardak province shakes hands with taliban members who surrendered one day before the presidential elections.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Governor Fidai of Wardak province meets with 2 taliban commanders who surrendered one day before the presidential elections.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Governor Fidai of Wardak province meets with 2 taliban commanders who surrendered one day before the presidential elections.

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Taliban mobile commander Gul Wazir (28) who surrendered one day before the presidential elections are put on display.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Taliban senior commander Wazir Gul (33) who surrendered one day before the presidential elections are put on display.

Maidan Shar, Wardak, Afghanistan - 19/08/2009

 

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Two Taliban insurgents patrol their zone by motorcycle armed with RPG. Wardak was the scene of some of the heaviest attacks over the election period.

Wardak, Wardak, Afghanistan - 12/08/2009

 

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A MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) that had been damaged by a IED (improvised explosive device) on the back of a truck truck on its way to be repaired

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/08/2009

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah is now in 2nd place for the race for Afghan Presidential elections

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 09/11/2009

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah is now in 2nd place for the race for Afghan Presidential elections

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 09/11/2009

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah is now in 2nd place for the race for Afghan Presidential elections

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 09/11/2009

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Ahmad Massoud in old photograph back in the days of the Mujahadeen

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/1989

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah talks while one of his armed guards stands by

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 09/11/2008

 

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Dr Abdullah Abdullah in front of his office the former home of Ahmad Zia

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 09/11/2008

 

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After 8 years as Incumbent president Hameed Karzai is winning a loosing race and it is now believed that the election will go into a 2nd round. Here his campaign poster has been ripped off by a non-supporter

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 03/08/2009

Credit image to David Gilly. I have his permission to use for this gallery

 

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One of only two female presidential candidates Nuria Hameedi stands in front of her posters which have been plastered all over the country

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/08/2009

Please credit this Image to JEREMY KELLY

 

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One of only two female presidential candidates Nuria Hameedi stands in front of her posters which have been plastered all over the country

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/08/2009

Please credit this Image to JEREMY KELLY

 

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Presidential candidate Ramazan Bashardoost of Hazara ethnicity has his campaign tent parked in front of the Kabul Parliment. He is the underdog of the race and is very outspoken against the current government

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 03/08/2009

Credit image to David Gilly. I have his permission to use for this gallery

 

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Presidential candidate Ramazan Bashardoost of Hazara ethnicity has his campaign tent parked in front of the Kabul Parliment. He is the underdog of the race and is very outspoken against the current government

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 03/08/2009

Credit image to David Gilly. I have his permission to use for this gallery

 

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Presidential candidate Ramazan Bashardoost of Hazara ethnicity has his campaign tent parked in front of the Kabul Parliment. He is the underdog of the race and is very outspoken against the current government

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 03/08/2009

Credit image to David Gilly. I have his permission to use for this gallery

 

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Former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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Former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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Former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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Former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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Former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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A poster of former Taliban Commander Mullah Rocketi is running for president. Rocketi is best known for his impressive skills in firing rocket propelled grenades (RPG).

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 04/08/2009

 

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Mahmud Kazai in defense speech to the press after being accused of more corruption allegations. Incumbent president Hameed Karzai has been hounded by the press for his 2 brothers suspicious business practices,

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/11/2008

 

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Mahmud Kazai in defense speech to the press after being accused of more corruption allegations. Incumbent president Hameed Karzai has been hounded by the press for his 2 brothers suspicious business practices,

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/11/2008

 

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Mahmud Kazai in defense speech to the press after being accused of more corruption allegations. Incumbent president Hameed Karzai has been hounded by the press for his 2 brothers suspicious business practices,

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/11/2008

 

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Governor of Kunduz Engineer Omar talks about the attack on his brother that killed him and responsibility has been claimed by the Taliban. Violence against government officials has increased in the weeks running up to the elections.

Takar, Takar, Afghanistan - 14/08/2009

 

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Governor of Kunduz Engineer Omar talks about the attack on his brother that killed him and responsibility has been claimed by the Taliban. Violence against government officials has increased in the weeks running up to the elections.

Takar, Takar, Afghanistan - 14/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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A rickshaw driver has one of 2 female presidential candidates postered on the back of his bike.

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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A man sets up his store under a collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted around Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Collection of posters for the 2009 presidential elections posted above bakery in Kunduz

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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Sun rises over Kundiz as people start their day

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009

 

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cars and rickshaws carry people to work in down town kunduz. overhead presidential campaign poster hang over the road

Kunduz, Kunduz, Afghanistan - 13/08/2009



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