Karzai says Afghan election threatens peace
KABUL, Afghanistan — A presidential election that is days away in Afghanistan threatens the best chance of making peace with the Taliban and ending 18 years of war, former President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday.
The Taliban, with whom the U.S. abruptly ended peace talks this month, have threatened Afghans who go to the polls Saturday.
He called for an immediate resumption of peace talks not only between the United States and the Taliban, but also between the insurgent group and Afghan leaders.
With 18 candidates for president on the ballot, the majority are not campaigning, and some have thrown their support behind others.
Many supporters are also heavily armed, adding to fears that a contested election could result in violence.