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Afghan Election Audit Suspended For Several Days
July 26, 2014 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) says it has suspended the audit of eight million votes cast in the presidential election runoff.

Gunmen Execute 15 Minority Shia Muslims in Afghanistan
'The Hazaras Were Killed and the Rest Were Released,' Regional Governor Says
Wall Street Journal By Margherita Stancati and Habib Khan Totakhil July 25, 2014
KABUL - Gunmen in central Afghanistan executed 15 civilians belonging to the Shiite Muslim minority, a rare sectarian attack in a country struggling with intense political violence.

24 militants killed during Afghan army operations
Khaama Press July 26, 2014
At least 24 militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers during the past 48 hours.

UN Proposal Submitted Without Candidate Consensus
TOLOnews.com By Shakila Ebrahimkhail 25 July 2014
A spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday said that a proposal for the vote auditing process has been submitted to election officials despite the fact that the two presidential candidates failed to agree on the criteria to be used.

Obama asks Afghan prez candidates to accept election results
India Times 26 Jul, 2014
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has asked the Afghan presidential candidates to publicly endorse their previously agreed political framework and insisted there is no justification for rhetoric that threatens extra-constitutional measures.

Political Divisions Threaten Kerry-Brokered Agreement in Afghanistan
New York Times By CARLOTTA GALL JULY 25, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan - The political agreement between Afghanistan’s two rival presidential candidates brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago appeared in trouble on Friday as serious differences emerged between the camps.

Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US
Associated Press July 25, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban’s reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

ISAF and UNAMA condemns Taliban execution of civilians in Ghor
Khaama Press July 26, 2014
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the execution of civilians in Ghor province of Afghanistan.

Magnetic Mines the Latest Tactic of Insurgents
TOLOnews.com By Shakila Abrahimkhil 25 July 2014
In recent attacks insurgents have resorted to placing magnetic mines on civilian and government vehicles as their latest tactic in targeting their victims.

The United States must extend its visa program for Afghan and Iraqi refugees
Washington Post By Ryan Crocker July 25, 2014
During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of brave citizens of both countries assisted our efforts, at great risk to themselves and their families. Many were killed because they stood with us. Many more faced serious threats. Now we have a moral obligation to stand with them by ensuring that those who need it have the opportunity to live safely and securely in the United States, a country they served at considerable risk even though it was not their own.







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