People look at a cracked side window of a bus which was damaged at bomb blasts in Kabul June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Jackhammers are down and excavators gather dust at a Kabul construction site, spotlighting an aid-reliant economy on the edge of a precipice as Afghanistan's war winds down and a tenuous political transition looms.Economic growth fell through a cliff this year, touching a low of three percent from around 14 percent in 2012, with aid and investment in the war-ravaged country seeing an inexorable exodus.US plans to withdraw a bulk of its troops by December after 13-years of war, despite a resilient Taliban insurgency and next week's tense run-off election, has stoked concerns over the future of the country.Others in Afghanistan counter that view by asserting what many economists have dubbed as the "aid curse".For one, Afghanistan risks being cut off from international financial institutions if parliament does not pass a key money-laundering law by June 22 .The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body that sets global standards on tackling money laundering, has threatened to blacklist Afghanistan if it does not pass the law by that deadline. The problem with Afghanistan isn't the Taliban, adds Wahedi.
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