Monday, October 7, 2013

Extreme Elections: Warlords, militia among Afghan pres nominees (VIDEO)

More than twenty candidates have registered for next year's presidential race in Afghanistan.

On the list is a mix of those currently in power including warlords, militia leaders and tribal chiefs.

That concoction is marring optimism at the prospect of the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history.

With incumbent President Karzai out of the game due to term limits, radical Islamic movements, such as the Taliban are now seeking their way back into the government.

Coalition casualties in Afghanistan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coalition deaths in Afghanistan by country

 USA: 2,161*
 UK: 444
 Canada: 158*
 France: 88
 Germany: 57
 Italy: 53
 Denmark: 43
 Poland: 43
 Australia: 40
 Spain: 36*
 Georgia: 29
 Netherlands: 25
 Romania: 23
 Turkey: 14
 New Zealand: 10
 Norway: 10
 Estonia: 9
 Hungary: 7
 Sweden: 5
 Czech Republic: 5
 Latvia: 4
 Finland: 2
 Jordan: 2
 Portugal: 2
 South Korea: 2
 Albania: 1
 Belgium: 1
 Lithuania: 1
 Montenegro: 1
 Slovakia: 1
TOTAL: 3,274

As of 2 August 2013, there have been 3,274 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing coalition operations (Operation Enduring Freedom and ISAF) since the invasion in 2001.

In this total, the American figure is for deaths "In and Around Afghanistan" which, as defined by the United States Department of Defense, includes some deaths in Pakistan and Uzbekistan and the deaths of 12 CIA operatives.


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