In February, command of the 29-nation, 4,800-member ISAF in Afghanistan transferred from Turkey to Germany and the Netherlands. NATO, set to assume command from the Germans and Dutch on August 11, has called expansion of ISAF beyond Kabul "premature," reported AFP.
Meanwhile, murders of aid workers continue, as do attacks on de-mining operations, Taliban-like restrictions in some provinces, factional fighting, and the bombing of girls' schools. The Feminist Majority continues leading the call for ISAF expansion, increased reconstruction funding, and for more resources to support the work of the Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Independent Human Rights Commission.
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