UN Security Council renews political mission in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council authorized an expanded political mission in Afghanistan, voting unanimously to strengthen support for the Afghan government as the country confronts increasing insurgent violence. The 15-member council's approval Thursday, coming on the Afghan new year, renews the mission for another year. It focused on improving UN coordination of international civilian efforts in Afghanistan and cooperation with military forces there. "This was really important for us to see that the Security Council resolution was adopted unanimously," said Afghanistan's UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin.