UN Security Council
13 September 2005 -- The UN Security Council today extended the authorization for the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
A council resolution extends the mandate of the 11,000-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for a year beyond its expiration on 13 October 2005.
It authorizes member states participating in the force to "take all necessary measures to fulfill its mandate."
The NATO-led force operates separately from a 21,000-strong U.S.-led coalition, focusing on tracking down remnants of Al-Qaeda and the deposed Taliban government, mainly in the border area with Pakistan.
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