From the United Nations: The Security Council has called on Governments to strengthen the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in the face of increased threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other armed groups, unanimously extending the mission for another year…

The resolution, passed yesterday evening by the Security Council, recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources.”

Voicing strong concern over the rise in terrorism and drug-trafficking in the South Asian country, the 15-member body underscored the importance of reinforcing the Afghan security forces to establish the rule of law throughout the country, and encouraged ISAF and its partners to support the planned expansion of the national army and police.

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