Afghan Presidential Candidates Face Election Uncertainty, Campaign Controversy, And Danger

As a former intelligence chief and an outspoken opponent of the Taliban, Rahmatullah Nabil has long been a marked man. As a candidate in Afghanistan’s presidential election in September, the dangers facing Nabil have increased exponentially. he Interior Ministry spent nearly a year devising an election security strategy that included providing armored vehicles and guards for candidates during rallies and at their homes. But when the election campaign kicked off on July 28, Nabil did not have the promised protection and was forced to abandon the launch of his public campaign. “This has badly affected our campaign so far,” Nabil, the two-time head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), told RFE/RL on July 30. “The government knows the high security threat to me, but it is still not cooperating.”......................

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