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Afghanistan marks independence day

Afghan officials have marked the country's 94th independence day from Britain with a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital.

President Hamid Karzai and cabinet members attended a parade in Kabul to commemorate the day in 1919 that Afghanistan signed a treaty with Britain to make it independent.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a message that the date signifies Afghan sovereignty as the country strives to fully take control of its future when foreign military forces withdraw next year.

Afghanistan took control of its security from foreign military forces two months ago, nearly 12 years after the American invasion to oust the Taliban.


From Belfast Telegraph