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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Turkey confirms ISAF command

The Turkish Government says it has officially agreed to take over command of the international security force in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

A cabinet statement said Turkey would assume the command from Britain for a period of six months at a date to be decided after talks involving the United Nations.

Turkey, the only Muslim country in Nato, announced in late March that it had agreed in principle to take control of the UN-mandated force.

Correspondents say the final decision was delayed while Ankara sought clarification over logistical and financial support for the mission.

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