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ECC Moves Ahead Without Abdullah’s Observers Present

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) will move ahead with its complaints investigations following the announcement of preliminary results earlier this week, and it will do so without presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's observers being present. Although the ECC, like the IEC, has defended the credibility of the process that has been overseen since the June 14 runoff election, some former election ...

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Taliban Shadow Governor Killed in Badakhshan

Taliban shadow governor of Badakhshan province, along with 14 of his counterparts ‎were killed in an Afghan forces operation on Tuesday, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the NDS statement, the insurgents were killed in Aab Raghak area of Jurm district of Badakhshan. Among the dead were Pakistani‎ and Tajiki terrorists, the ‎statement read. NDS special ...

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Observers Emphasize Fraud Investigations

Afghanistan's biggest observer groups on Tuesday called for full investigation of electoral fraud cases by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), and urged the presidential candidates to remain patient until the final results are ready. The comments from the observers came a day after the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced preliminary results of the June 14 runoff election, which gave Ashra ...

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MPs, Analysts Distressed Over Election Impasse

With no clear end in site, the impasse in this year's election process, with Abdullah Abdullah still boycotting the results released by election officials, has caused anxiety and frustration among Afghans from all walks of life. This week, a number of MPs and election experts expressed their concern for the current standoff, which has reportedly caused shockwaves in the Afghan economy. "The election has als ...

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Magnetic bomb blast in Kabul leaves 1 person dead

An explosion took place in capital Kabul early Thursday morning leaving at least one person dead. The incident has took place in Karte Parwan area of Kabul city after a magnetic bomb planted in a police vehicle went off. A security official confirmed that a policeman was killed and another one was injured following the blast. Earlier reports suggested at least one person was injured in the explosion. No gro ...

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Pakistan supports peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan

Pakistan says it supports a peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan. In a statement on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesperson pointed out that Pakistan extended all possible support for holding peaceful presidential elections. The statement said Pakistan has, from the outset, maintained that the Afghan Presidential elections are an Afghan affair, with Afghan electoral institutions in the lead. The spo ...

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Ghor residents force Taliban militants out of fallen district

Residents of Char Sadat district in western Ghor province of Afghanistan forced hundreds of Taliban militants out of the district on Wednesday. Around 300 Taliban militants on Wednesday launched an offensive on Char Sada district and took control of the district for few hours. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry of defense of Afghanistan said Thursday that the local residents forced Taliban militan ...

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Afghan army kills 33 militants during operations

About 33 militants have been killed and 20 others wounded in Afghan army's operations carried out in the country since early Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. "Afghan National Army (ANA) launched several cleanup operations in Ghor, Badakhshan, Nimroz and Kunduz provinces within the past 24 hours, killing 33 armed opponents, injuring 20 and detaining five other suspects," the ministry said in ...

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It’s Been a Rough Year for Afghans, Especially Women and Children

A new biannual U.N. report is not encouraging for hopes that Afghanistan might maintain some measure of stability as U.S. troops draw down. The report counts 4,853 civilian casualties in the first half of 2014 including 1,564 deaths, a 17 percent increase over the number of deaths in the same period last year. Child casualties more than doubled and the number of women casualties increased by 60 percent. The ...

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War inflicting toll on Afghans

KABUL: Afghanistan’s war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday. US-led forces are gradually withdrawing from military bases scattered across Afghanistan after 12 years of war against Taliban insurgents, contributing to deteriorating se ...

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Civilian Casualties on the Rise

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan announced a dramatic rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan. According the UNAMA report, which released on Wednesday, civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first half of 2013 have risen 24 percent with more than 1,500 people killed and more than three thousands wounded during last six months. According to the report, main reason for the rise in civilian c ...

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Little Kabul on Howard Ln.

Chapli Kababs n Curries brings delicious Afghan cuisine to Austin Perched on the western edge of a strip center at the northwest corner of Howard Lane and I-35 in North Austin is Chapli Kababs n Curries. It's the same strip center that is home to Captain TJ's Seafood and Ka-Prow Thai & Sushi. The location seats about 90 or so in the dining room and there is a large party room off to the right. The night bef ...

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Tajikistan, Russia discuss ways of countering threats emanating from Afghanistan

July 10, 2014, Asia-Plus – Issues related to cooperation between the defense ministries of Tajikistan and Russia were a major topic of a meeting of Tajik Ambassador to Russia Imomuddin Sattorov with Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov that took place in Moscow yesterday. “The sides also discussed the current military and political situation in Central Asia against the backcloth of upcoming wi ...

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Wait for final results, Russia asks candidates

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, commenting on the Afghanistan election, said in current circumstances both president candidates should wait for a thorough check of the voting results scheduled for July 22. “We call on both candidates to wait for a thorough check of the voting results which are to be announced on the 22nd of July,” a statement from the ministry in Moscow said. On J ...

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Rasmussen wants security pacts signed by Sept.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting at the White House. “They spoke about Afghanistan and planning for NATO’s non-combat, post-2014 mission,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters after the meeting between Obama and Rasmussen. Following the meeting, Rasmussen told journalists ...

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Substandard fuel imports, price hike worry MPs

The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday expressed concern over imports of substandard petroleum products in the country and a surge in prices of food items. The house called finance, commerce and agriculture ministers and others to brief lawmakers on a recent hike in rates of daily-use commodities and imports of low-quality petroleum products. Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhi ...

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31 Killed In Massive Taliban Attack In Afghanistan

"A total of 22 suicide bombers launched a massive offensive against the police headquarters and provincial governor's office this morning and security personnel retaliated, killing all the attackers within an hour," Raziq said at a press conference. He also said that two suicide bombers were killed in self-detonated explosions while the remaining 20 were shot dead during the subsequent clash with the securi ...

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Obama Calls For Calm In Disputed Afghan Vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said. The White House said Obama told both candidates that the US expects fraud allegations to be thoroughly reviewed, urging the two men to seek a resolution that does not undermine Afghanistan's f ...

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President Obama Warns Afghan Candidates

President Obama has intervened in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election urging the two candidates to shun violent or extra-constitutional means or face a cut-off of U.S. assistance. U.S. officials, while acknowledging serious fraud allegations, are calling for quick implementation of auditing measures to pave the way for a new, legitimate government and a post-NATO bilateral security agreement. Obama ...

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What’s happening with Afghanistan’s election crisis?

You will have heard about the ongoing crisis in Iraq, where jihadists have set up an Islamic state in the cities US forces once fought to clear. But you may have heard less about the political crisis in Afghanistan, America's other experiment in post-September 11th nation building. What's going on? Last month, voters in Afghanistan went to the polls for what was supposed to be a smooth conclusion to the thi ...

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