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Factional fighting grips west as Afghanistan wraps up voter registration

Afghanistan began wrapping up voter registration as government troops flew to the western city of Herat to quell factional fighting which left 22 dead at the weekend. With the country’s first presidential election just eight weeks away a battle broke out between forces loyal to two rival warlords on Saturday for control of the western provinces, highlighting Afghanistan’s fragile security. “Two battalions of the National Army and two of the National Police will be sent to Herat,” defense ministry spokesman Mohammed Zahir Azimi told a press conference on Sunday. “The army and police will be in charge of security of Shindand airport and to take over the districts where the fighting occurred,” Azimi added. Full Story

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