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NATO Confirms Expansion of ISAF to Eastern Afghanistan

Portorož, 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. The deployment in the south will start soon, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told the press after the meeting on Thursday, labelling the decision as "very important".

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: US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Portorož.
Neformalno zasedanje obrambnih ministrov NATO.
Generalni sekretar zveze NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Foto: Daniel Novakovič/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), Slovenian Defence Minister Karl Erjavec (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

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