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Abdullah leads in Afghan presidential vote

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote out of 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by ex-world bank official Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent of the votes it said were not fraudulent.”These statistics that we shared with you are partial and are changeable,” Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, chairman of the election commission, told a news conference on Sunday.To win, a candidate must secure more than 50 percent of valid ballots. 39 more words


Female Rabbi, chaplain with 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Army Capt. Heather Borshof expects the questions.

“What’s that on your uniform?” passers-by ask the chaplain for the Fort Bragg-based 330th Movement Control Battalion. 440 more words


Truth In and Truth Out

Renowned journalist and TV anchor Hamid Mir was attacked by unknown assailants soon after his reaching Karachi in the morning hours of Saturday. He got two bullets and according to some sources three bullets but luckily escaped death. 1,427 more words


Carpe Diem Haiku *Kite*

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running a kite
my mind bound to the sky
sudden release

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Since one of my favourite books is “The Kite Runner” 30 more words


Four Afghans die in US-led airstrike

A US-led airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern province of Parvan has killed four people, Press TV reports.One person was also injured in the strike that was carried out on Sunday.Afghan officials have repeatedly slammed US-led forces in Afghanistan for the high rate of casualties in such attacks, which the United States claims target Taliban militants.So far there has been no official confirmation of the Sunday airstrike.Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have fueled anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan.Thousands of people have died in US-led airstrikes in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion of the country. 10 more words


Review: Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford

Disclaimer – I spent a few years as a soldier in the Canadian Scottish Regiment.  I did my basic training and participated in the regular parades and exercises, but never served on a mission.  517 more words

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Two years ago, the publication of a volume of Taliban poetry caused considerable outrage. Colonel Richard Kemp, a former British commander in Afghanistan, denounced The Poetry of the Taliban… 1,568 more words

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