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UN to evacuate 600 foreign staff

world Updated: Nov 06, 2009 01:37 IST

The United Nations said on Thursday it would evacuate more than half its international staff based in Afghanistan after a deadly Taliban attack on a guesthouse for UN workers.

But the UN said it had no intention of abandoning Afghanistan, where 100,000 US-led foreign troops are battling a bloody insurgency eight years after the extremist Taliban regime was driven from power.

About 600 expatriate staff, from 1,100 foreigners, will be temporarily relocated either within Afghanistan or abroad, a UN spokesman said.