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EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EU)
United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UN-Peacebuilding)
International Security Assistance Force (UN-led)
France, breaking with NATO, will speed Afghan exit (27.01.2012)
President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Friday that France would break with its allies in NATO and accelerate the French withdrawal from Afghanistan, pulling back combat troops a year early, by the end of 2013.
The French president last week suspended all French training and support operations on the ground and sent his defence minister and armed forces chief to Kabul after four of their soldiers were killed by a rogue Afghan soldier.
No peace talks with the Taliban this week: That was the short message on Sunday from the American envoy charged with starting those negotiations.
Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, halted after a NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday.
Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will lead the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in what he said would be “a new period” in the Central Asian country’s development.
As NATO nations revise their plans for standing up local security forces in Afghanistan, doubts are growing over whether the West will be willing to pay for even a smaller Afghan force seen as key to keeping militants at bay as foreign troops go home.
Opium production soars in Afghanistan (13.01.2012)
According to the UN, farmer income derived from Afghanistan's opium crop in 2011 was $1.4 billion, representing 9 percent of GDP. The overall opium crop increased by 61 percent, from 3,600 tons in 2010 to 5,800 tons in 2011.