The U-N World Food Program says it is winning the struggle to get desperately-needed food aid to six million people in Afghanistan.
The program's executive director (Catherine Bertini) says the agency has achieved its monthly target of food aid for the first time and has even opened new supply routes. But she warns that the real challenge is to distribute the aid to the people who really need it.
She welcomed the deployment of foreign troops, saying security is what is most needed for successful food distribution.
Foreign troops were deployed as the U-S led anti-terrorism coalition expanded its humanitarian operations inside Afghanistan.
Friday, the French Defense Ministry said 60 soldiers (from Istres airbase) are leaving for northern Afghanistan. The troops are to secure a base in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif that will be used for international aid shipments.
Earlier, about 100 British Marines landed at Bagram air base, north of Kabul. The base has several runways capable of handling large transport aircraft needed to bring in humanitarian assistance. Its large complex of buildings could be used for storage and distribution of relief supplies.
Canada and Turkey have committed troops for postwar peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, while Germany and Jordan are considering similar moves.