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Violence data show spike during Afghan presidential election

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Afghan women leave a polling station after casting their votes in Jalalabad, east of Kabul.

KABUL — The days leading up to Afghanistan's presidential election this month were full of headline-grabbing Taliban attacks: gunmen and bombers assaulted the election commission headquarters, the luxury Serena Hotel and the American charity Roots of Peace. But on voting day, the country seemed unusually calm, prompting Afghan politicians to speculate that the Taliban had intentionally allowed the election to proceed.

"I don't think the other side put too much pressure,"

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