Afghan children play with a kite on a hilltop overlooking Kabul on August 15, 2014. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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The Afghan government is running out of funds despite an influx of millions of dollars in aid as a deadlock over who won the election drives a sharp decline in revenues, already suffering from the drawdown of thousands of foreign troops.The U.S. embassy in Kabul confirmed Afghan officials had briefed them about their difficulty paying salaries and funding programs in coming months, but did not detail how donors planned to respond.The size of the gap to date is unclear, but the most recent data on the finance ministry's website shows domestic revenue in the first six months of 2014 fell 27.5 percent short of a target of 60.2 billion Afghanis ($1.1 billion).Abdullah was the clear winner in the first round held in April, while a preliminary count showed Ghani won the run-off vote in June.
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