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International Security Assistance Force - ISAF 4

ISAF is a UN-mandated operation (United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR's) 1386 , 1413 and 1444). ISAF was established, to assist the Afghan Transitional Authority (Afghan TA) in maintaining security within the ISAF Area of Responsibility (AOR) so that the ATA as well as the personnel of the United Nations (UN) can operate in a secure environment in order to enable the ATA the build up of security structures in Afghanistan in accordance with the Bonn Agreement and as agreed in the Military Technical Agreement (MTA).

On April 16, 2003 the North Atlantic Council decided to approve the deployment of NATO troops to Afghanistan to work under the ISAF mandate. On 11 August 2003, NATO assumed the lead of the International Security Assistance Force in a Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The operation will be conducted under the overall command of the Allied Command Operations and will be run by NATO's regional headquarters Northern Europe (AFNORTH).

Although NATO has taken the reins of ISAF, there are numerous non-NATO nations and Partnership for Peace nations taking part in the International Security Assistance Force.

Currently, there are about 4,600 troops from 29 nations represented within ISAF.

At the Headquarters level, there are 15 contributing nations that contribute more than 600 soldiers to make up the headquarters and its support personnel. The ISAF headquarters serves as the operational command for the mission.

Canada is the lead nation for the KMNB, under the command of Brig Gen Peter Devlin. Of the 31 troop contributing nations, Canada provides 1,900 of the 4,400 total personnel within the brigade. Under the KMNB are three battle groups, headed by the Germans, the French, and the Canadians. The KMNB is responsible for the tactical command of the troops on the ground.

ISAF's strength is over 5,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen from 31 different nations. The nations that comprise the ISAF mission are: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the Czech Republic.

As of June 2004, ISAF's troop strength was at over 6,500 troops. France was due to take command of the international force in charge of security in Kabul on August 11, 2004, at which point, an additional 300 French troops would be deployed to reinforce France's military contingent.

The Franco-German Eurocorps is due to take over command of ISAF in August 2004, for a period of six months.. On June 28, 2004, it announced that it would deploy an additional 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in July to provide assistance in the training of police officers and soldiers.

ISAF HQ

ISAF 4

DivisionBrigadeBattalionPersonnelEquipment
TOTAL
Allied Forces North Europe
~ 600
Kabul Multinational BDE~ 1,900
2 Canadian Mechanized BDE Group HQ
3rd BN, Royal Canadian Regiment
U/I German Unit
U/I French Unit



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