Military


Faizabad

The Pashtun-dominated ultra-conservative Islamic movement known as the Taliban controlled approximately 90 percent of the country, including the capital of Kabul, and all of the largest urban areas, except Faizabad. Commander Masood and commanders under the United Front for Afghanistan (UFA), also known as the Northern Alliance, held the Panjshir valley and Faizabad [Feyzabad / Fayzabad / Faizabad].

WFP reported that truck convoys continued to transport food from Osh, Kyrgyzstan to Faizabad, Afghanistan. Two convoys carrying a total of 300 MT of food are scheduled to arrive in Faizabad by 16 November 2001. The humanitarian agency had established an improved delivery corridor between the Kyrgyz city of Osh and the Afghan city of Faizabad and the surrounding region.

Recruiting for the Afghan National Army extended to the country's northeastern province that touches China with the opening of the Faizabad National Army Volunteer Center 07 September 2004. During the past six months, the Ministry of Defense had increased the number of soldiers in training simultaneously from two kandaks (battalions) of 1,500 men to four kandaks of 3,000 men. The strength of the Afghan National Army was about 15,500, with approximately 13,000 of this number being trained soldiers and another 2,500 still in training.

These soldiers and those already deployed will also be performing additional tasks for the Afghan people in the near future - providing security for the presidential election and assuming security responsibilities from militia units that are being disarmed, demobilized and reintegrated. This volunteer center opens the door to opportunity for your young men, the opportunity to serve the many peoples of the new Afghanistan.

The 23rd kandak of the ANA graduated from the Kabul Military Training Center 05 September 2004. The 27th kandak of the ANA reported to KMTC in mid-September. By the time the 28th kandak reports for training, it could quite easily include young men recruited at the Faizabad NAVC.

The Secondary and Tertiary Roads component finances the rehabilitation of selected secondary and tertiary roads serving rural populations in the area of influence of the main road corridor being rehabilitated. These would primarily be roads linking the communities to the major network. Two secondary roads have been identified by the Afghan Government and co-financing has been discussed and agreed with two donors. These are the Talaqan-Faizabad section of the Kunduz-Faizabad road, and the Charikar-Bamiyan road.

In Afghanistan, most cutaneous leishmaniasis cases are caused by Leishmania tropica, which is transmitted anthroponotically by the sandfly Phlebotomus sergenti. Cutaneous leishmaniasis can have devastating effects on local communities because of its clinical symptoms, i.e., large, multiple, or both, disfiguring lesions, that can lead to social ostracism of affected persons (e.g., women are often deemed unsuitable for marriage or to raise children). A survey in Faizabad city, Badakhshan Province, was conducted in June 2003 by HealthNet International to collect data on the impact of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Based on population estimates of 65,000 people and observed prevalence, approximately 5,395 cutaneous leishmaniasis case-patients would be found in Faizabad. The low prevalence of scars, compared to the high prevalence of disease, showed that cutaneous leishmaniasis had been introduced into Faizabad only recently.

Disarmament of the 338th Brigade in Faizabad began 15 August 2004.

Radio Amu in Faizabad celebrated its official opening 22 September 2004. The station is broadcasting six hours a day, with an estimated audience of 22,000 people. The station is housed in a building donated by the community. A staff member, who also works with a university in Kabul, has set up a library at the station for the use of Radio Amu staff and the community. With OTI funding, Internews will be donating materials to this library on a regular basis. In Wardak Province, Yawli Zhogh (Voice of Unity) began broadcasting for eight hours a day to an audience of 24,000 people. This station has great political importance, as it is currently the only independent radio source in the region.

As part of commitments made by the Czech Republic in March 2007, more Czech troops were to be sent to Afghanistan some time after October 2007. While the Czech commitment of 250 troops is divided across a variety of areas in Afghanistan, Czech soldiers had been serving as members of the Faizabad PRT and it was likely they would continue that commitment.

Faizabad Provincial Reconstruction Team [PRT]

The Feyzabad was established in September 2004 by the German Bundeswehr. The contingent included staff and support troops, a protection force, a medical company, sappers, engineers, and military police or “feldjagers.” One of the PRT's top concerns was the maintenace of a secure environment in which Afghan officials can take on opium tracking. The relative calm of Badashkan province allowed the PRT to run several hundred projects at once including the construction of an airfield for the provincial capital (completed 21 September 2006).





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