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UN extends NATO-led force in Afghanistan

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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The council also stressed the link between terrorist activities and the illicit drug trade which still flourishes in Afghanistan.

The Security Council acknowledged that progress has been made in reforming Afghanistan's police and army, and it welcomed NATO's commitment to provide "sustained practical support aimed at improving and sustaining Afghanistan's capacity and capability to tackle continued threats to its security, stability and integrity" after international forces leave at the end of 2014.

The resolution adopted Tuesday extends the authorization of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force until Oct. 13, 2013. The force currently includes about 68,000 Americans and about 40,000 troops from other nations.

The Security Council reiterated that the Afghan government's progress on improving security, governance, human rights, development and the rule of law is linked to its progress in combatting corruption and the narcotics trade, promoting accountability and ending impunity.