UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
A resolution adopted unanimously by the council on Thursday said the situation in Afghanistan “still constitutes a threat to international peace and security.
The international force has dropped dramatically in strength ahead of the handover — down from 130,000 troops two years to just over 87,200 troops on Aug. 1, including 60,000 Americans.
The council extended the force’s mandate until Dec. 31, 2014.
Its action followed an outburst this week from Afghan President Hamid Karzai alleging that the U.S. and NATO inflicted suffering on the Afghan people and repeatedly violated its sovereignty.