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The upcoming 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan "is vulnerable to corruption and fraud," an Afghan watchdog said Monday, dpa reported.

Fraud, ballot stuffing, misuse of government resources by candidates and abuse of government positions are among the concerns, said Yama Torabi, a member of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Reviews have identified monitoring gaps that create opportunities for fraud and corruption, he said in a press conference.


A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least one Afghan serviceman and injuring a number of other soldiers, according to Afghan and NATO officials, Reuters reported.

So-called "insider attacks" are severely straining ties between the NATO-led alliance and the Kabul authorities and further undermine waning support for the war in the West.

They have become one of the Taliban insurgents' most effective weapons against the coalition.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai will use his upcoming visit to London for a tripartite meeting with the British and Pakistani prime ministers to ask Pakistan about the whereabouts of a senior Taliban leader, a Karzai aide said Sunday, dpa reported.

Afghanistan believes that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar can persuade the Islamist extremist Taliban to join the peace process. A captured co-founder and commander of the Afghan movement, Baradar was released by the Pakistani government on September 20 upon Karzai's request.


Dushanbe And Kabul agreed to widen and strengthen the cooperation in shpere of security amid the withdrawal of ISAF forces from Afghanistan in 2014, CA-News reported on Monday.

According to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, the country supports the strengthening of combating with terrorism, extremism, illegal drug turnover and other international threats.

Taking into consideration the fact that NATO withdraws its forces from Afghanistan, Tajikistan is ready to provide the country with assistance in all spheres and areas, he said after his meeting with Afghanistan's head Hamid Karzai.


NATO defence ministers were due Wednesday to discuss the final phase of security transition in Afghanistan with the country's Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and their International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners, dpa reported.

"Afghan forces are now in the lead, showing courage, confidence and increasing capability," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

NATO is now preparing a mission to train and support Afghan forces after its combat operations end there in 2014.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry reached a partial agreement Saturday on a bilateral security pact between the two countries, but not on the key issue of US troop immunity, dpa reported.

Karzai and Kerry held a joint press conference after all-day negotiations on the deal that will allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO-led coalition withdraws troops next year.


Turkey will take part in the development of oil fields in Afghanistan, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

According to him, the Afghan government has approved the participation of Turkish Petroleum Company (TPAO) in the development of the country's oilfields.

Earlier, Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Wahidullah Shahrani told Trend that currently, six oil and gas fields have been discovered in Afghanistan, and the work is still continuing at some of these fields.


Twenty-three candidates have registered to take part in Afghanistan's presidential election, scheduled for early April, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, dpa reported.

"Registration process for the presidential nominees officially ended today, October 6. The total number of people who registered is 23," said Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the IEC.

On Sunday alone, 14 candidates registered at the election commission headquarters, many arriving in armoured convoys with bodyguards and scores of supporters in tow.


In a rare move, the top Marine on Monday forced two generals into retirement after concluding they should be held to account for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two Marines, the Associated Press reported.

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in announcing his decision that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion, a sprawling British-run airfield in southwestern Afghanistan that was the Taliban target.


The case of a video named "jihad", spread in the internet, was solved a month ago, Georgian Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili said on Tuesday.

"Briefing on the subject will be held at the Interior Ministry on Thursday," - Garibashvili said.

A few months ago, a video named "Jihad against Georgian forces in Afghanistan" was posted on Youtube. Video contained threats against Georgian troops involved in ISAF mission.