- The Washington Times - Monday, April 26, 2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Deteriorating security in Kandahar has forced the United Nations to instruct more than 200 of its Afghan employees to stay home. It also has temporarily relocated several foreign staffers to Kabul.

U.N. spokesman Dan McNorton on Monday insisted that the organization is not permanently pulling out of the southern Afghan city. He says the U.N. remains committed to offering its programs and humanitarian assistance to the people in the Kandahar — the site of three morning explosions that killed two civilians.

Security has been declining in the city where NATO is ramping up an operation to rout the Taliban and rush in governance and development to win the loyalty of residents.

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