The top defense official restated that his country could reduce its presence to 8,600 troops from the current 14,000, without affecting counter-terrorism operations, a claim made by Trump back in August.Full Story
“It was a heartbreaking scene I witnessed with my eyes,” Shinwari said, adding that 32 bodies and scores of injured have been transported from the blast site.Full Story
The numbers are in sharp contrast to official figures that recorded just 37 civilians injured and no civilian deaths on the day the war-torn country voted to elect its new president.
Airstrikes on reported drug labs have happened before, but this is the first time UNAMA received reports of a high number of civilian casualties, it said.
Some of the wounded were in critical condition, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, said.
A Senior Independent Election Commission official Habib Rahman Nang immediately slammed the claims of victory as premature.
Out of 9.67 million registered voters, only about one in five cast their ballot according to an election commission official.
The Taliban issued a statement on Aug. 6 warning Afghans to avoid "electoral offices, voting booths, rallies, and campaigns."
"We cannot conduct elections in a country that is going through a foreign-imposed conflict," former President Hamid Karzai said.
China, a close ally of Pakistan, has been deepening its economic and political ties with Kabul and try to bring the two uneasy neighbors closer.
“The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them,” tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul said.