Afghans mark Independence Day

During an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai looks on during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) gestures while speaking as presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Abdullah Abdullah (R) look on during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Afghan guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) prepares to lay a wreath during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) speaks as presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Abdullah Abdullah (R) look on during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Afghan guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) inspects a guard of honour during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepares to lay a wreath during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul on August 19, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed on August 19, 2014 for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud. (AFP/Getty Images)
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