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Afghanistan marks 93nd independence day

08-20-2012 00:07 BJT

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Afghanistan has marked its 93rd Independence Day. Compared with the official celebration by the government, many Afghans stayed relatively calm, busy preparing for Eid-al-Fitr, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar that marks the end of Ramadan.

Afghanistan became completely independent from British rule on August 19, 1919, and the day is celebrated every year. This year, the government changed the celebrating day to August 18.

The freedom monument that is located in downtown Kabul seemed desolate as usual without much activities going on. Continuous turbulence in the country has made the atmosphere nervous, especially on the Independence Day.

Many policemen and soldiers appeared in the streets of the capital to ensure safety.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in
Kabul August 18, 2012.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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