December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says
the latest rise in insurgent violence in Afghanistan reflects a deliberate campaign to intimidate voters ahead of Thursday's presidential election.
Clinton told reporters at the State Department on Tuesday that the Taliban hope their attacks will create an atmosphere of fear that will keep people away from the ballot boxes.
She also said the Obama administration wants to stress to Afghans that it is their right to select their own leaders and that this voting opportunity is made possible by the security efforts of U.S. troops and those of its allies.
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