Troops mark July 4th at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan with music and games. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. troops mark the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan with music and games. The celebrations come as former resistance fighter Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani have locked horns over the outcome of the June 14 run-off election, with both claiming victory in the contest to succeed Hamid Karzai as president. The protracted dispute over the credibility of the election has all but destroyed hopes of a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan, its security outlook already weakened by the steady withdrawal of most foreign troops throughout this year. U.S. troops are expected to withdraw at the end of the year and there is no security agreement so far for U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014.