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For more on the situation in Afghanistan, we are joined by our current affairs commentator Professor Tao Wenzhao from the Tsinghua Center for China-US Relations. Welcome, Professor Tao.
Q1: So far, more than 2,000 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan according to a UN report last week. Civilian casualties rose 31 percent in the first six months of this year. However, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday banned private security firms in the country. What's behind the move?
Today marks the 90st anniversary of the founding of Afghanistan. Officials in the war-torn country, are using the day to highlight the importance of continuing with reconstruction despite the setbacks. <Full story>