The UN is pulling hundreds of its international staff out of Afghanistan. It’s in the wake of last month’s Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Kabul, where staff were staying. Five UN workers were killed. Now 600 of its 1,100 employees based in the country are being moved.
UN Kabul Spokesman, Allen Sedique, explained the UN’s actions: “We will be looking, as a temporary measure, to relocate some staff within the country, and some staff outside of the country. While we can secure accommodation, where proper security measures can be provided for staff, as a temporary measure” How many of the 600 staff will actually leave the country, and how many will be moved within Afghanistan is unknown. This latest development may show that the overall strategy in Afghanistan is failing. In Britain, support is falling after the killing of five soldiers by an Afghan policeman – someone they were meant to be training and supporting. There are growing calls in a number of countries for international troops to pull out of Afghanistan.