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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.  

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“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.

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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.

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. 

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Out of 9.67 million registered voters, only about one in five cast their ballot according to an election commission official. 

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The Taliban issued a statement on Aug. 6 warning Afghans to avoid "electoral offices, voting booths, rallies, and campaigns."

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"We cannot conduct elections in a country that is going through a foreign-imposed conflict," former President Hamid Karzai said.

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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.

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“The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them,” tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul said. 

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