Afghanistan is fighting on many different fronts. Its government battles with militants, human rights abuses and massive corruption. Tim Sebastian meets Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
The Afghan government refused to join a Moscow-hosted peace conference attended by a Taliban delegation. Observers say the absence of officials from Kabul unnecessarily delays the peace process in a 17-year-long war.
Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, every election there has been more fraudulent than the last. Experts say that's a consequence of the nation's shaky democratic foundations.
Amid reports of deteriorating human rights and security in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah admitted there have been "shortcomings" in his administration.
The Helmand politician was speaking with advisers about the upcoming elections when a bomb planted in his sofa exploded. Several candidates have been assassinated across the country ahead of parliamentary elections.
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