Riz Khan
Afghanistan in limbo
In the wake of recent violent attacks, is there any hope for stability?
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2009 13:36 GMT

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Afghanistan is still awaiting the official results of the presidential election held on August 20, amidst thousands of reports of voter fraud.

But as violence persists will the outcome of the vote really affect everyday Afghans struggling to survive? 

Turnout in the election was reportedly low, especially in the country's southern provinces where the Taliban remains strong. 

This year is already the deadliest of the eight-year campaign against the Taliban with August the deadliest month for US troops fighting there. 

On Wednesday the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque which killed Abdullah Laghmani, the Afghani deputy chief of intelligence along with 22 others, including many civilians. 

The latest violence comes as the US is considering another strategy change in the country. 

We look at the implications of Afghanistan's elections and the surging violence and ask if there any hope for stability.

On Thursday, Riz speaks with Tamim Ansary, an Afghan-American author of the best-selling book Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Robert Crews, an assistant professor of history at Stanford University and author of The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan, and Halima Karzai, the director of foreign policy and International Women's Issues for the Independent Women's Forum.
You can join the debate, watch Riz live at 2030GMT, with repeats on Friday at 0030, 0530 and 1130.

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