U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is urging international donors to help fund an effective national army for Afghanistan.
Mr. Rumsfeld says other countries should step forward and provide money to pay for training an Afghan army that can guarantee stability, so U-S troops can leave.
Thursday, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution supporting the Afghan interim government's drive to unify the nation and make it democratic. However, the resolution makes no mention of expanding U-N peacekeeping force operations outside of the capital, Kabul, as intrerim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai had requested.
Meanwhile, Pakistani newspapers are reporting that Americans joined Pakistani security forces in a series of raids on suspected al-Qaida terrorist hide-outs in eastern Punjab province.
The reports say that two people were killed, three more were wounded and about 40 others - mostly Arabs and other foreigners - were detained in the raids that began late Wednesday in several cities (Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad).
A Pakistani official described the operation as part of the government's efforts to crackdown on terrorists. The U-S embassy in Islamabad had no immediate comment on the reported involvement of American citizens.