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  August 27, 2009

Poor Helmand turnout for Afghan election

Reports suggest as few as 150 people voted in the Helmand area of Afghanistan
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Updated on 26 August 2009 By Gary Gibbon Reports suggest as few as 150 people voted in the area of Afghanistan where British forces were involved in a major military operation against the Taliban. As the counting continues after the presidential elections a poor turnout has been reported in an area of the country where British troops fought for a major Taliban stronghold. The British Ambassador to Afghanistan has defended the role of the military following the reports that a low vote turnout in one area of Helmand province was due to British troops failing to secure the area.


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