Men walk to vote Thursday in Iskazar, in the Kuran wa Munjan district of Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan. More than 300 mainly ethnic Tajiks cast their votes in the presidential election in this village in the Hindu Kush mountains.
Sapnah, 21, had been looking for a women's polling station for 20 minutes with her two small boys in Kandahar. She said her family didn't know that she had come out to vote, but that she was determined to vote for Karzai.
Female election officials walk in a deserted hallway at a women's polling center in Kandahar. Fear of Taliban attacks kept many women at home during Afghanistan's presidential and provincial council elections.
An Afghan National Army soldier votes in Helmand province. Because of a bomb threat, voting was initially open only to civil servants, soldiers and police before the polling center was opened to the general public.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Raymond Shinahra (right) and Navy Corpsman Michael Cannova deliver a box of ballots from election headquarters in Lashkar Gah to officials in Dahaneh in Helmand province. Village officials discovered early in the morning that they didn't have any ballots.
Afghan police gesture at the scene of a shootout with suspected Taliban suicide bombers in Kabul. According to police, three militants exchanged gunfire with police. Two of the suspects were killed in the gunbattle.