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Ashraf Ghani opposes with the release of partial vote results
Khaama Press / April 21, 2014
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, one of the front-runners in Afghan presidential race, opposed with the release of partial vote results by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan.

335 NATO bases transferred to Afghan security forces
Khaama Press By GHANIZADA Apr 21 2014
At least 335 various types of NATO military bases and facilities in Afghanistan have been transferred to Afghan forces.

Afghan Groups Protest Iran Executions
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan April 21, 2014
Rights groups and Afghan religious scholars have demonstrated against the executions of Afghan nationals by Iran.

Afghan election: Why the Taliban will win
The West invaded Afghanistan, but Pakistan may have been the "true enemy" — and the real power behind the current election.
By: Hamida Ghafour Foreign Affairs reporter, Toronto Star Mon Apr 21 2014
An Afghan woman in a burka flips an ink-stained middle finger to a Talib armed with a Kalashnikov to show she was unafraid to cast her vote in the presidential election.

ECC Member Questions Discounting Centers
TOLOnews.com By Aazem Arash 20 April 2014
Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) member Azizullah Aryafar has called attention to a move by election officials to void 150 voting centers in Herat, which he called illegal.

ECC Voids 150 Ballot Boxes in Herat
TOLOnews.com By Jawed Zairatjai 20 April 2014
The Electoral Complaints Commission announced on Sunday in a press conference that 150 ballot boxes, including some 100,000 votes, would be discounted in Herat due to obvious signs of tampering.

Observers Call for Neutrality From IEC
TOLOnews.com By Saleha Soadat 20 April 2014
With nearly half of all votes counted, observers and election analysts on Sunday said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) must maintain the utmost neutrality throughout the process or Afghanistan could face crisis.

Why a Regional Security Force Will Not Work in Afghanistan
Talk of a new regional force is unrealistic. There is only one way to keep the peace after 2014.
The Diplomat By Arwin Rahi April 20, 2014
As NATO-led coalition forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, we are increasingly hearing the idea that a multinational regional security force (MN-RSF) would be a viable option for Afghanistan. The reality on the ground, however, suggests otherwise.

40 Taliban militants killed or injured Afghan operations
Khaama Press / April 21, 2014
At least 40 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry officials said Monday.

Afghan high peace council member shot dead in Logar
Khaama Press / April 21, 2014
Unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Afghan high peace council in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.

USAID documents cite Hillary Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid
Despite waiver, reviews find U.S. money at risk
The Washington Times By Guy Taylor April 20, 2014
In internal government documents with potential repercussions for the 2016 presidential election, top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the coffers of Afghan ministries known to be rife with corruption.

Gunmen Shoot Girl Who Fled Family in Baghlan
TOLOnews.com By Tariq Majidi 20 April 2014
Local officials in northern Baghlan province on Sunday said unknown gunmen shot dead an Afghan girl on Saturday while she was returning home after seeking asylum with provincial authorities the day before.

Afghan Couple Find Idyllic Hide-Out in Mountains, but Not for Long
The New York Times By ROD NORDLAND APRIL 21, 2014
HINDU KUSH RANGE, Afghanistan - They eloped from their village in the Bamian Valley on the first day of spring, but their month on the run has taken them back into winter as they fled higher into these rugged mountains in central Afghanistan. They stayed in the homes of friends when they could, and they slept rough in caves when they could not.







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