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Afghanistan: UN Approves Expanding Security Force Outside Kabul

United Nations, 14 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to expand the scope of the NATO-led security force in Afghanistan. The UN resolution -- passed by a 15-0 vote with no abstentions -- allows the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to dispatch troops beyond the Afghan capital Kabul.

Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai has long called on the 5,000-strong ISAF to expand its role in Afghanistan.

Remnants of the former Taliban regime carry out almost daily attacks in some provincial areas.

NATO has already given its approval to expanding the force. It wants to start by sending German troops to the northern city of Kunduz.