Afghan officials say Asim Umar (pictured), leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, was killed in a raid which also killed 40 civilians last month. (Photo courtesy National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan)

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Afghan officials have confirmed that a regional leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization was killed during a joint U.S.-Afghan raid in southern Afghanistan last month.

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Demonstrators gather as they block the road with burning tires during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq on October 2, 2019. (Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani)

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The death toll from mass protests in Iraq against corruption and unemployment has risen to 18 as turmoil spreads to the south of the country.

Iraqis took to the streets for a third day on October 3 despite local curfews and police using tear gas and even live fire, in the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi's government.

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah casts his vote at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan September 28, 2019. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, have both claimed victory in a weekend presidential election, a scene reminiscent of the last vote in 2014.

Though preliminary overall results aren't expected for another three weeks, Abdullah told a news conference in Kabul on September 30 that by his count, he won such a clear-cut victory in the balloting that a second-round runoff won't be needed.

That followed a claim by Ghani's running mate, Amrullah Saleh, that the incumbent had won a clear first-ballot victory.

"The information that we have received shows that 60 to 70 percent of people voted [for] us," Saleh was quoted by Voice of America as saying.

Neither side offered any evidence to back up their claims, raising concerns that the war-torn country is headed for a similar situation that arose from the 2014 election, where the same two candidates made competing claims of victory.

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U.S. Navy Sea, Air, and Land Team commandos participate in exercise TRIDENT 18-4 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., on July 11, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

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The U.S. Navy dismissed charges on August 6 against four SEALs accused of abusing detainees in Afghanistan seven years ago, AP reported.

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(Associated Press/Rahmat Gul)

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The U.S. peace envoy seeking to negotiate an end to the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan said Washington was ready to sign a "good agreement" with the Taliban.

Zalmay Khalilzad's remarks came as U.S. and Taliban negotiators met on August 3 in the Qatari capital Doha for an eighth round of peace talks.

A bilateral U.S.-Taliban agreement will cover the withdrawal of foreign forces in exchange for guarantees by the Taliban not to harbor terrorist groups.

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(U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Sharida Jackson)

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A senior U.S. general says that ISIS remains a "very worrisome" presence in Afghanistan, but it is unlikely to mount an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is under strong military pressure.

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, who heads the U.S. Central Command, on June 12 told reporters the extremist group "in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United States."

"It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that," he said.

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