WORLD BRIEFING / AFGHANISTAN
The Taliban urged Afghans to stay away from Aug. 20 elections, which it dismissed as an “American process.”
A statement said roads would be blocked to government vehicles and civilian traffic a day before the vote.
Meanwhile, a U.S. service member was fatally injured in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. command said.
The death brought to 41 the number of U.S. service members killed in the Afghan war this month.