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NATO Confirms Expansion of ISAF to Eastern Afghanistan

Portoro┼ż, 28 September - NATO defence ministers have confirmed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country by putting some 12,000 US soldiers involved in the coalition Operation Enduring Freedom under ISAF control, NATO spokesman James Appathurai told the press in Portoroz on Thursday.

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis (left), Slovenian Defence Minister Karl Erjavec (centre) and the head of Slovenia's permanent mission to NATO Matjaz Sinkovec (right).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (left) and Slovenian Defence Minister Karl Erjavec (centre)
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (left).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (left).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz
Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (right).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (right).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: Slovenian Defence Minister Karl Erjavec.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portoroz.
NATO defence ministers endorsed the expansion of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan to the east of the country at their informal meeting in Portoroz.
Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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