Bomb Blasts in Afghanistan Amid Election Chaos

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The presidential elections in Afghanistan were supposed to cap America's efforts to stabilize the war-ravaged country and build a Democracy.

Yet on Tuesday, a huge car bomb killed dozens and the presidential election reportedly may've been tainted by fraud.

Five car bombs that detonated simultaneously rocked Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar killing at least 36 people and wounding 64 others.

One resident described the blast as the largest he had heard after almost eight years of living in Kandahar.

Meanwhile, there was a different kind of chaos surrounding the results of Afghanistan's second-ever presidential election.

The final results are not end but President Hamid Karzai's chief rival, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, said the incumbent tried to steal the election.

An Afghan TV channel filmed ballots that were all apparently stamped for President Karzai, before they were given to voters.

Violence on election day has also called the election's legitimacy into question.

"If those leaders that emerge at the provincial level and then the president aren't viewed as legitimate the whole program of trying to build governance and economic development is on a shaky foundation," said Brian Katulis of Democracy International and the Center for American Progress.

Many Afghans did not vote because they felt it was too dangerous.

It was reported that the Taliban were stopping people on the road into Kabul and cutting the fingers off of those who whoever had voting ink on their hands.

Just as security has deteriorated in Afghanistan since the last election, so has the hope of some in the future.

Also, one of the youngest people held at Guantanamo Bay was returned home to Afghanistan on Monday.

Mohammed Jawad was flown from the U.S. base in Cuba over the weekend and released to his family by Afghan authorities.

Jawad was once charged with wounding two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter. However, a military judge ruled his confession was coerced.

He is happy to be home and wants to go to school, but like many released from Gitmo, there is always the fear he will soon return to the ranks of the Taliban - a Taliban that seems to be getting stronger.

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Dale Hurd

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