Fear of violence shadows Afghanistan’s provinces on election eve

By Kevin Sieff, Joshua Partlow, April 5, 2014

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan — As Afghans head out to vote for their next president Saturday, violence is expected to be intense and widespread. But the risks won’t be dispersed evenly.

Just a short drive from Kabul, close enough for a daily commute, hundreds of thousands of potential voters will have to face down the Taliban if they go to the polls. Many have already decided that the danger is too great.

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