September 14, 2010

In today’s news: very low numbers of Pashtuns are joining the Afghan army despite efforts to increase recruitment. Afghan government disputes NATO account of Takhar airstrike that wounded a parliamentary candidate. Kunar governor says Taliban have agreed to only attack foreign forces, not polling centers, on election day in his province. UNAMA head Staffan di Mistura sees behind-the-scenes Taliban support for some candidates as a move into the political process; other analysts are more skeptical.