NATO on defensive for Afghan elections

Offensive operations to end Thursday in order to provide voter security

Afghan and NATO forces will halt all offensive operations on Thursday and concentrate on providing security for the country’s presidential election. This comes as the Taliban threatens to disrupt polls and murder voters, while attacking both the military and civilians with mortars and suicide bombers. One suicide attack on a military convoy killed at least seven people and wounded around 50, whereas another killed three soldiers and two civilians. There are fears that the threats will lead to a low voter turn out, bringing the legitimacy of election results into question.