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Karzai Promises Afghans Security for Election

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai promised Afghans greater security when they go to vote in the country’s first ever democratic election during an independence day speech on Wednesday. Karzai’s U.S.-backed transitional government is battling Taliban militia fighting to disrupt the presidential election on October 9 and parliamentary polls six months later. Close to 1,000 people have been killed in the past year. “In order to provide security for the constituencies and voters, the government, the international community’s forces and the United Nations will strongly endeavor to prevent the small groups which come to our country from across the border,” Karzai said at an Independence Day parade as military helicopters hovered overhead. Full Story

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