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UN approves final extension for NATO-led force in Afghanistan ahead of handover to Afghans
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
The international force has dropped dramatically in strength ahead of the handover — down from 130,000 troops two years to just over 87,200 troops on Aug. 1, including 60,000 Americans.
The council extended the force's mandate until Dec. 31, 2014.
Its action followed an outburst this week from Afghan President Hamid Karzai alleging that the U.S. and NATO inflicted suffering on the Afghan people and repeatedly violated its sovereignty.