The Afghan election crisis and unravelling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.
US State Secretary John Kerry convinced Afghanistan`s feuding presidential candidates on Saturday to agree to a total recount of last month`s presidential election, which has threatened to split the country along ethnic lines.
Afghan election authorities on Sunday strongly denied top officials were guilty of fraud after front-running presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah unleashed allegations that could threaten a smooth transition of power.
Afghanistan`s presidential election result will be announced on Thursday, officials said, after a one-day delay over fraud investigations into the first round of voting to find a successor to Hamid Karzai.
Afghanistan`s presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed Saturday, as opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah and former academic Ashraf Ghani both failed to secure a decisive victory.
A frontrunner to succeed Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his one time rival should continue to serve a role in politics and that he wouldn`t pursue "vengeance" against the man he claims stole the last election.