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No US Troops Killed in Afghanistan in March

09-08-2014
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No U.S. service members died in Afghanistan in March, according to a recent NATO report.

It's the first month almost a decade that no American troops were killed while engaging in combat in the war-torn country.

To date, nearly 2,200 U.S. service members have lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan since 2003.

Now, Afghan forces have taken over security of the country, and the United States is preparing to complete it's withdrawal of combat forces from the region by year's end.

Some U.S. security troops may remain if the two countries can agree on a peace deal.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan is set to hold it's presidential election this weekend. People rushed to beat Tuesday's voting registration deadline.

"In the whole Kabul city there are three voter registration centers, so it's not possible for all Afghans to get their voting cards," Mohammad Rafi, another resident, said.

With voting set to begin March 5, officials don't know how many to expect at the polls.

Afghanistan hasn't had a census in almost 30 years and election officials say they can't know for sure how many are actually registered.

According to their best estimate, there are 12 million eligible voters, but not all of those will actually vote.

Currently, there are only three registration centers in the city of Kabul, making the process of getting a voter ID card difficult if not impossible.

"We have all come here and if the officials work hard we will get our cards, but if the process continues to be slow most of the people will not be able to register," Kabul resident Sediqa Ahmadi said.

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