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Afghan Leader Promises Voters Better Security

Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai today promised Afghans more security when they go to vote in the country's upcoming, first-ever democratic elections.

Karzai's government is battling Taliban Islamic militant forces who have vowed to disprupt the 9 October presidential election.

Karzai's remarks came as Afghan officials met in the capital Kabul to celebrate Afghanistan's 85th anniversary of indepedence from British rule.

At the gathering, Karzai called on Afghanistan's neighboring countries to help prevent militants from entering Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, forces loyal to an Afghan militia commander and forces loyal to the governor of Afghanistan's Herat Province today said they are observing a ceasefire that came into place yesterday.

The U.S.-brokered ceasefire came after several days of intense factional fighting.