UN Moves Staff Out of Afghanistan

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The United Nations will temporarily relocate more than half its staff to a more secure location than Afghanistan. The decision comes after the Talibans's attack on a guest house in Kabul left five staffers dead last week.

The Associated Press reports most of the staff the U.N. is moving is support staff. Still, the relocations follow a U.N. decision Monday to suspend much of its work in the volatile northwest area of neighboring Pakistan because of increasingly targeted attacks.

The U.N. says the guest house attack last week was the most direct targeting of its employees during decades of work in Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in the country, villagers say an air strike by international forces killed nine civilians early Thursday morning. But Afghan officials say they only know of eight Taliban militants killed in the strike, which occurred in the south of Afghanistan.

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