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Afghanistan: Troops Ordered To Leave Kabul

Kabul, 9 January 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Afghan military units which took part in the conquest of Kabul have been ordered by the interim government to leave the capital within three days. Din Mohammad Jorat, a senior official at the Interior Ministry, told AFP the order to evacuate Kabul was given by Interior Minister Yunis Qanooni.

Jorat said there was no need to involve the international security force in the operation. He said the withdrawal was being supervised by the Afghan police force and the Kabul garrison.

The international security force is expected to number 4,500 by the end of this months. It is confined to Kabul and its environs and its powers are strictly limited.

Jorat said after the pullout of the military units, Kabul will be patrolled by the international security force and the Afghan police.