Aug. 31: Lal Mohammad, a 40-year-old farmer, whose nose and ears were cut off by the Taliban on the Afghan presidential and provincial council election day, is seen in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Aug. 31: Taliban cut off Lal Mohammad's nose and ears after finding a voting card with him on his way to a polling station.
Aug. 31: Lal Mohammad, who is from Shiran village of Daykundi, was one of millions of Afghans who defied Taliban threats on August 20 and set out to vote in the country's presidential election.
Aug. 31: Lal Mohammad speaks to reporters from his hospital bed in Kabul.
Aug. 31: Lal Mohammad told reporters that Taliban fighters ambushed him while he walked to the polling station.
GRAPHIC CONTENT: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Monday the situation in the country is "serious" and a new strategy is needed to defeat the Taliban -- and described how the group cut off parts of Lal Mohammad's nose and ears as he headed to vote.