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Al Jazeera 11 Sep 2019

Security tight as election materials land in Afghanistan


Election material has arrived in Afghanistan for the presidential vote which is just over two weeks away.
With the US-Taliban talks over, for now, the Afghan government has scheduled presidential elections on September 28.
But escorting the material safely is a priority for security forces who want to shield it from the Taliban, who are against the Afghan people participating.
Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports from Kabul.

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to US troops in Afghanistan - his first time in the country - for the Thanksgiving holiday.

During the brief appearance at Bagram Airfield, Mr Trump served turkey to soldiers, posed for photographs, and met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

In a speech to troops, Mr Trump said the US was in talks with the Taliban, which he said "wants to make a deal".

Mr Trump also said the US was "substantially" reducing troop numbers.

Some 13,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan 18 years after the US intervention to oust the Taliban following the 11 September 2001 attacks.
President Donald Trump wasn't happy with a security guard assigned to his campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
A major clean-up is underway in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, after some of the worst flooding and landslides in 20 years.
More than 40 people have died and at least 180,000 have been displaced.
This has highlighted the city's increasing vulnerability as it continues to sink, putting its 30 million residents at risk.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports.
For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. Government interview records obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle show otherwise.

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