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
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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
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