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Taliban: The Real Winners of the Afghan Election

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Gatestone Institute

The Real Winners of the Afghan Election: The Taliban

by Con Coughlin 

  • Of the country's 9.6 million registered voters (among a total population of 37 million), a total of just 1.82 million votes were counted. Of these, Mr Ghani achieved his victory by winning a paltry 923,592 votes, which can hardly be described as a commanding mandate.

  • The result should serve as a warning to US officials as they enter a crucial phase in peace talks with the Taliban about the organisation's true motives.

  • Far from having an interest in achieving a negotiated settlement of the long-running Afghan conflict, the Taliban's ultimate goal is to persuade the Trump administration to end its military presence in the country so that it can once again seize control of the country and turn it into a safe haven from which Islamist terrorists can again plot their devastating attacks against the West.

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15624/afghan-election-winners