Multinational force to stay in Kabul another six months

Friday, May 24, 2002

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Country voted unanimously Thursday to keep international troops in Kabul for another six months, but rejected pleas from Afghanistan's leaders to expand the force throughout the war-battered country.

The U.S.-sponsored resolution extends the authorization for the nearly 4,500-member International Security Assistance Force after its initial six-month mandate ends on June 20. It also welcomes the transfer of its command from Britain to Turkey, expected around the same date.

After initially asking for the force to be restricted to Kabul, Afghanistan's interim government led by Hamid Karzai urged the council to expand the force throughout the country, saying it would show global commitment to a country hurt by 23 years of war.

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