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Abdullah Abdullah Visits Paktika While Ceremony Held in Kabul
TOLOnews.com By Sayed Tareq Majidi 20 July 2014
A ceremony was held at the Eidgah mosque in Kabul on Sunday to commemorate the lives lost during the recent Paktika province attack. A number of citizens and government officials participated in the ceremony, however, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was away visiting the province itself.

China will not fill U.S. void in Afghanistan: official
By By Michael Martina July 21, 2014 8:34 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - China does not seek to fill a void left in Afghanistan by the withdrawal of U.S. troops but will play a "huge" commercial role in helping rebuild the country, a newly appointed Chinese special envoy said on Monday.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds
July 21, 2014, 5:04 PM By David Zucchino Los Angeles Times
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report issued late Monday..

Haqqani Network terrorists not targeted in Waziristan operations
Khaama Press July 21, 2014
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan said Monday that the Haqqani Terrorist Network is not a target during the North Waziristan operations.

Violence Kills At Least 60 Across Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 21, 2014
Officials say at least 60 people were killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan.

Presidential Campaigns Criticize Slow Audit Process
TOLOnews.com By Rateb Noori 20 July 2014
Slow work by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in its vote auditing process has raised concerns of both campaign teams. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah have criticized commission and said they hope the process speeds up in the coming days.

Audit Resumes After 23-Hour Halt
TOLOnews.com By Saleha Sadat 20 July 2014
The vote auditing process for this year's runoff election came to a grinding halt due to disputes between the two candidate teams, but resumed after 23 hours on Sunday at 3:00pm.

Taliban unable to retake control of Afghanistan, Taliban leader says
Khaama Press July 21, 2014
The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan is unable to retake the control of the country following the withdrawal of the NATO-led forces.

Dobbins Meets Karzai in Kabul
TOLOnews.com 21 July 2014
The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James F. Dobbins has arrived in Kabul on Sunday and met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace, according to a statement released by the Presidential Palace.

Why we cannot abandon Afghanistan
Daily Star By Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury July 21, 2014
THE recent spate of suicide bombings across Afghanistan remind us that the Taliban-al-Qaeda forces are alive and well, and are becoming increasingly active as the time for the Nato withdrawal nears. The suicide car bomb attacks on July 15 in a market place and a mosque in Paktika province claimed 89 lives, mostly women and children. The attacks are aimed at creating panic and despondency among the Afghans who had, despite Taliban threat, held the third presidential election on schedule.

Curse number of 39 incurring financial loss to Afghan government
Khaama Press July 21, 2014
The interior ministry of Afghanistan announced Monday that the government of Afghanistan is suffering a major financial loss due to the curse number of 39.

Afghan girl injured by explosion paints with a prosthetic arm in L.A.
Los Angeles Times By Caitlin Owens JULY 20, 2014
Surrounded by a messy array of paint tubes, brushes and paper cutouts, the little girl focuses intently on the canvas in front of her.







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