Afghanistan has had what Reuters calls a 'landmark election' (presidential) that was largely peaceful, with far fewer Taliban attacks than expected. Out of 12 million eligible voters, 7 million turned out to vote (58%), far more than the 4.5 million who voted in the last election in 2009. Six officials trying to rig the vote were arrested, along with people who tried to use fake voter cards.
I don't things are going to magically change very soon, despite my penchant for optimism, but let's hope that this is a glimmer of a new beginning, and that someday, those 'few' minor attacks (including the death of dozens in weeks preceding the election) become the exception rather than the norm.
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/05/us-afghanistan-election-idUSBREA331N920140405