While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict. –KA

BBC:

The UN mandate renewal was fully expected but the resolution also stressed the need for reinforcement.

Britain’s ambassador to the UN John Sawers denied this meant a specific call to increase troop levels.

He said: “We should have the forces there necessary to deliver on the tasks.”

The Isaf force in Afghanistan has about 67,000 troops from 42 countries, about two-thirds from the US.

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