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U.S., eyeing exit and mindful of past, keeps distance from Afghan election

Afghan election commission stand by before preparing to send ballot boxes and election material to polling stations at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan election commission stand by before preparing to send ballot boxes and election material to polling stations at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan election commission stand by before preparing to send ballot boxes and election material to polling stations at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghan election commission worker stands by ballot boxes and election material before at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan election commission worker stands by ballot boxes and election material before at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan election commission worker stands by ballot boxes and election material before at a warehouse in Kabul April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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A political activist calls through a load hailer from atop a car as it drives through central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A political activist calls through a load hailer from atop a car as it drives through central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A political activist calls through a load hailer from atop a car as it drives through central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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A man holds his money in his outstretched hand as he is frisked by a policeman at a check point in central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man holds his money in his outstretched hand as he is frisked by a policeman at a check point in central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man holds his money in his outstretched hand as he is frisked by a policeman at a check point in central Kabul April 2, 2014, ahead of Saturday's presidential election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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A man looks over his shoulder at an election advertisement for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man looks over his shoulder at an election advertisement for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man looks over his shoulder at an election advertisement for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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