An Afghan vendor sells clothes in Mazar-i-Sharif on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/FARSHAD USYAN
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The Taliban on Monday vowed to target Afghanistan's presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.NATO combat troops are withdrawing from the country after 13 years of fighting a fierce Islamist insurgency that erupted when the Taliban were ousted from power after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.The Taliban have targeted every election since the 2004 poll, but the statement on Monday was the first explicit threat from the militants against this year's vote.Election campaigning slowed on Monday as Afghanistan started three days of official mourning for Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who died on Sunday.
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