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August 20, 2009 12:02 AM

Election turnout appears low in much of Afghanistan

Threats of violence and scattered Taliban attacks appeared to have suppressed voter turnout Thursday in eastern and southern areas of the country during Afghanistan's second presidential election, officials and residents said. Turnout was higher in western and northern regions, where tens of thousands of U.S.-led international troops are battling the Taliban. The government said eight Afghan soldiers, nine police officers and eight civilians died in Election Day violence.

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