Afghanistan, Pakistan: Political Turmoil Continues

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On the Afghan side of the border between the countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is growing fight over election results.

And on the Pakistani side, the military is ramping up its fight against the Taliban.

The election drama in Afghanistan is seriously complicating President Obama's decision on whether to send 40,000 more American troops.

"The most important there, get a government that is seen as legitimate to the people and has the credibility to be a partner in the effort to secure Afghanistan. so it's not a haven for al Qaeda or other type of terrorists," said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The legitimacy of the Afghan government is in question.

Click play for more insight from CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas, following Efrem Graham's report.

The unsupported commission investigating the August election has determined there were so many fake ballots that President Hamid Karzai must face a second round run-off.

The commission's findings were supposed to be binding. But Karzai is flexing his muscle and rejecting the idea.

Instead his campaign has accused the West of trying to rig the election.

"Some foreigners, some political personalities from outside afghanistan, they have interference," said the Karzai campaign's chief advisor Maeen Mirstyal. "They are trying the election should go for the second round."

Afghanistan's political vacuum has helped fuel the insurgency. Violence is at its highest level since the war began.

The insurgents fighting in the country have safe havens across the border in Pakistan.

U.S. General David Petraeus is visiting the Islamic republic along with Senator John Kerry.

They are meeting Pakistan's prime minister as Pakistan's offensive against Taliban fighters in south Waziristan stretches into its third day.

It's a long awaited offensive in some of the toughest terrain.

"They're moving at a slow pace because it's a mountainous terrain," explained Pakistan's Major Gen. Athar Abbas. "We have to be very sure footed. There are a number of mines and IED's in the area which require clearance."

The U.S. is supporting the military offensive and is rushing to send equipment to help the Pakistan army.

While in Pakistan, Senator Kerry will also try to ease tensions with Islamabad and the army over a multibillion dollar U.S. aid package that some in the Islamic republic say comes with unacceptable strings attached.

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Efrem Graham

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Efrem Graham is an award-winning journalist, who comes to CBN News from the ABC owned and operated station in Toledo, Ohio.  He received his master's degree from the Columbia University Journalism School. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Follow Efrem on Twitter @EfremGraham and "like" him at