Apr 04 2014
Elections in Afghanistan take place this Saturday, with violence spiking strongly. Just today, two journalists with the Associated Press were shot. One of them, Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer, was killed. The other is Kathy Gannon, author of the book “I is for Infidel,” who is reportedly in stable condition.
Dozens of attacks in the past several weeks throughout the country have created a tense atmosphere. On Wednesday a suicide bomber killed 6 Afghan police officers in Kabul and a day before that a candidate running for election and 9 of his supporters and staff were killed in a Northern Province.
Among the candidates for president are a number of warlords such as Abdul Rashid Dostum and Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has presided over the country for nearly the entire time of the US occupation, has reached the limits of his tenure. Last December Karzai refused to sign an accord with the US over the status of US forces in Afghanistan, saying it would be more appropriate for his replacement to make the decision.
GUESTS: Anand Gopal, journalist covering Afghanistan for a number of years, and author of a forthcoming book about the Afghanistan war called No Good Men Among the Living, joining us live from Afghanistan; Edward Girardet, author of “Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey through three decades of war in Afghanistan” and editor of the just released 4th edition of the Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan, joining us from France