Afghan election commission workers sort ballot papers for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at a counting centre in Kabul on July 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Wakil KOHSAR
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Afghanistan Thursday began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the runoff round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul's airport.Some 23,000 ballot boxes are being transported by the Afghan army and NATO forces to the capital, where they will be examined at 100 verification stations.NATO's International Security Assistance Force – whose main Kabul compound lies next to the civilian airport – is providing air transport for some 40 percent of the votes.Auditing began just hours after Afghan security officials put an end to a Taliban siege of Kabul's airport in the militants' latest attempt to steal the initiative amid the power struggle.The attack ended over four hours later, according to the authorities.ISAF and Afghan military helicopters were seen hovering over the area during the attack, which came after a devastating suicide bombing at a busy market in southeastern Paktika province Tuesday that killed at least 42 people.
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