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Afghanistan: Day of the 2009 Presidential Elections


Travis Beard and David Gill

Afghanistan’s second ever Presidential elections took place on the 20th August with sporadic violence, disruption and intimidation across the country. One of the worst affected areas was Wardak, with the Taliban launching a series of IED and rocket attacks across the province as the insurgents tried to hamper the public’s attempts to vote. One of the most high profile incidents occurred in Maidan Wardak, the provincial capital, and home to Governor Khalim Fidai which was shelled constantly throughout the day.


 

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Afghan policeman saunters down the deserted main street of Maidan Shah the provincial capital of Wardak in the early morning of election day 20th August 2009

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Anti terror poster. Maidan Shah, Wardak province 20th August 2009

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Halim Fidai at governors headquarters being interviewed on election day

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai explains the problems facing his province on the day of the presidential elections.

Maidan shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Khalim Fidai calls for security updates with community leaders at governors headquarters on election day

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A personal body guard stands guard as Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A personal body guard stands guard as Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning. This man in carrying 17 kilos of bullets and arms.

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard holding a AK47 as Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Maidan shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai leaving his compound to vote on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province 20th August 2009

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai leaving his compound to vote on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province 20th August 2009

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Soldier escorting Governor Halim Fidai dives for cover as missile lands nearby - Maidan Shah, Wardak province election day. 20th August 2009

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai voting on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai voting on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai voting on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai voting on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Governor Halim Fidai voting on election day. Maidan Shah, Wardak province

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Men voting at Maida Shah polling station in wardak

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Women voting at Maida Shah polling station in wardak

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Women voting at Maida Shah polling station in wardak

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Election favourite Abdullah Abdullah campaign posters is plastered next to the a mosque that was bombed by Taliban rockets.

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A rocket hits the wall of a mosque in central Maidan Shah that is run by a mullah that supports the government

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A rocket hits the wall of a mosque in central Maidan Shah that is run by a mullah that supports the government

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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'Super Mullah' from the local mosque that was bombed by Taliban rockets, re-accounts the attack

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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'Super Mullah' from the local mosque that was bombed by Taliban rockets, re-accounts the attack

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Detonators used to set off the rocket that hit the city were discovered later in the day. the messenger on the screen says: "1 missed call."

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Detonators used to set off the rocket that hit the city were discovered later in the day. the messenger on the screen says: "1 missed call."

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Detonators used to set off the rocket that hit the city were discovered later in the day. the messenger on the screen says: "1 missed call."

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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Mayor Gable from the Airbourne base Maidan Wardak explains his version of the days events

Maidan Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A personal body guard stands guard as Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Maidan shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Madian Shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Maidan shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009

 

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A guard watches a check point at the gates Wardak Governor Khalim Fidai was shelled by Taliban rockets throughout the morning.

Maidan shah, Wardak, Afghanistan - 20/08/2009



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