The BBC's guide to the key issues, contenders and challenges as Afghans vote for a new president.
The Afghan election explained in 60 seconds
- Poll safety and logistical challenge01:32
- Taliban's war on Afghan women02:48
- Plight of malnourished Afghan children02:13
- Afghan voices: The businesswoman02:39
- Nato troops 'key to Afghan security'05:37
- US military starts packing equipment01:33
- Forces leave military transit base00:44
- Year of change ahead for Afghans02:38
- Rare look inside fight against Taliban02:48
- Will the Taliban take over again?09:16
- 'Confident of victory': Taliban interview01:50
- Descent into civil war?02:27
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