The worst was feared for Afghan citizens and NATO troops alike when Afghans went to the polls yesterday to cast their votes for a new president.
But in spite of several deadly incidents, including a ballot-carrying truck that was blown up by the Taliban in Kunduz, there have been no reports of any U.S. or NATO troops killed or injured during the election process.
U.S. military officials say Afghan troops and police definitely took the security lead at in cities across the country and at polling stations. Early reporting indicates there was a 45% turnout for the elections.
Currently the United States has about 33,000 troops in Afghanistan as the drawdown continues. The last combat units are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.
Eight men in are in contention for the presidency. President Hamid Karzai, the only elected president since the Taliban was removed from power, was not able to run due to term limits.
The final outcome of the election is not expected for at least a week.
Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel here.
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