Afghan presidential race kicks off

Feb 02, 2014, 7:25 AM EST
H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan speaks during the Opening Ceremony & Leaders Panel at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum at ExCel on October 29, 2013 in London, England.
Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for 9th World Islamic Economic Forum

Afghanistan's presidential race opened today. A field of eleven candidates has a very brief two months to campaign, amid serious security issues. In an omionous turn, two aides of frontunner Abdullah Abdullah were shot dead in Herat on Saturday.

Background:

Killings rattle Afghan voters [AFP]

Campaign stirs violence, hope [Reuters]

Karzai orders help for child suicide bomber, family [UPI]