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U.N. rethinking Afghan-Pakistan role

November 6, 2009

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— The United Nations is sendingabout 600 foreign staff out of Afghanistan or into secure compounds because of the deadly Taliban attack on U.N. workers, warning the Afghan government Thursday that international support will wane unless it cracks down on corruption fueling the insurgency.

The decision follows a drawdown of U.N. operations in Pakistan, casting doubt on whether the world body can operate effectively in this region with war raging on both sides of the border. The moves come as the Obama administration nears a decision on whether to send tens of thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to try to curb the growth of the Taliban.

The U.N. insists the staff relocations — which affect more than half the organization’s foreign staff in Afghanistan and a modest number in Pakistan — are temporary.

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