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South Bend mayor sees Afghan political struggles

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:59 am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The mayor of South Bend says he's been watching the political struggle for the presidency of Afghanistan during his military deployment to that country.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) stepped down from office in late February to serve as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan. He says his work includes trying to block narcotics trade money from reaching insurgents.

Buttigieg told South Bend television stations via Skype on Tuesday that others on the deployment sometimes use "mayor" as a nickname for him, but he shares living space in a converted shipping container.

Buttigieg says the Afghan election was a challenge because many people are nomadic and many can't read.

The mayor expects he'll return to South Bend in October.