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Afghans Hope Talks Follow Election

August 19, 2009

Though Afghans expect that Hamid Karzai will be reelected in Thursday’s presidential election, many appear hopeful that the outcome could open the door to a negotiated end of the war.

Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers' Pentagon correspondent who recently returned from Afghanistan, says there is widespread cynicism about whether the election will be fair and there’s dissatisfaction with eight years of foreign military occupation and with declining living standards.

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But Youssef said many Afghans hope the election will be followed by peace talks with the Taliban that can end the war and lead U.S. and NATO troops to withdraw. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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