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UN scales back in dangerous southern Afghanistan (as joint Afghan-NATO military operation looms)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/10 | Noor Khan and Deb Riechmann - ap

Posted on 04/26/2010 5:55:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The United Nations scaled back its operations in the troubled southern city of Kandahar on Monday, relocating several foreign employees to Kabul and telling more than 200 Afghan U.N. workers to stay home amid rising violence.

The announcement came hours after three bombings — one targeting a local police official — shook the city. The rash of attacks came ahead of a joint Afghan-NATO operation to try to wrest control of the area from Taliban militants. The strategy is to flood in troops, rout the militants and rush in new governance, development projects and security to win the loyalty of Kandahar's half-million residents.

Dan McNorton, a U.N. spokesman in the capital of Kabul, insisted the world body was not pulling out of Kandahar and remained committed to continuing its aid and humanitarian work. He declined to say how many international U.N. employees were still working in Kandahar, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghan; afghanistan; dangerous; kandahar; nato; taliban; wot

1 posted on 04/26/2010 5:55:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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