UN Cuts Foreign Staff in Afghanistan Amid Security Threats

Afghan men receive food aid from the United Nations. The U.N. pulled out some of its foreign staff in Afghanistan due to security threats. Photo by: WFP

The United Nations has opted to pull out some of its foreign staff in Afghanistan due to security threats.  

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the decision was made to protect aid workers from potential terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Reuters reports.

In November 2009, the U.N. decided to withdraw its staff after Taliban troops raided a U.N. guesthouse in Kabul, killing five foreign staff members.

Some U.N. employees even left their jobs due to security fears, which led to understaffed U.N. workforce in Afghanistan.

The U.N. also finds it difficult to recruit staff for the war-torn country. The fear of aid workers to relocate is hampering the flow of aid on the ground, according to Reuters.

As a solution, the U.N. plans to relocate some support operations to Kuwait, where the U.N. mission for Iraq is located.

It was not specified though how many workers are likely to be withdrawn, according to U.N. spokesman in Kabul, Dan McNorton.

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