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31 militants killed in Afghanistan air-strikes

epa00191814 (Files) A photo dated 14 December 2003 shows Pakistan's F-16 Falcon performing during an air show in Islamabad. Pakistan is reconciled to not receiving additional US F-16 combat jets and is examining other options to address what it terms "the regional imbalance in the skies", the country's air Chief Kaleem Sadaat has said, media reported on Saturday 15 May 2004. Among the alternatives the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is examining are the French Mirage 2000-9, the Chinese J-10 and the Swedish AJ-39 Grippen, Sadaat added. EPA/OLIVIER MATTHYS

Kabul: At least 31 Taliban militants, including a key commander, were killed and 30 others injured as military aircraft pounded militants’ hideouts in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Sunday, an army spokesman said.


“Afghan air force backed by the NATO-led resolute support mission launched series of air-strikes against Taliban hideouts in Musa Kala district. As a result, 31 rebels, including a key commander Mullah Zarqawi, were killed and 30 were injured,” Xinhua quoted Brig Mohammad Rasoul Zazai as saying. The air-strikes took place amid Taliban preparations to capture Musa Kala district. Taliban militants have infiltrated Musa Kala district over the past several months and were poised to launch a major offensive to capture the south Afghan district.


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The Afghanistan Elections

This election saw people casting thier votes with the help of biometric systems.

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An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan.VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections have been eventful with the threat of the Taliban’s attack and the constant violence and chaos that has followed and continues in the country. Out of 8.8. million registered people, 3 million people actually cast their votes in the ballot. The biggest turnout was recorded in Kabul.

The Taliban Militant have urged people not to vote since they see this process as an outsider’s attempt to further control the country. Recently, A candidate of parliamentary elections, Omar Zwak was killed in a bombing attack. The Taliban has since claimed the responsibility of this and many other explosions.

These are the first parliamentary elections since 2010 in Afghanistan that has been half seized by the Taliban. The US-backed government is full of corruption and the citizens of the country do not expect a fair election.

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An Afghan woman casts her vote during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

The United Nations have urged people to vote and exercise their ‘constitutional right to vote’. This election also saw people casting their votes with the help of biometric systems that posed a definite obstruction in the process of voting since the trained officials didn’t show up during the voting.

The results of the poll is expected to be released in mid-November.

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