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International Security Assistance Force - ISAF

As of 6 August 2010, Regional Command North (RC-N) was operated by the German ISAF contigent. Regional Command East (RC-E) was controlled by forces from the United States. Regional Command South (RC-S) was led by British forces. Command of Regional Command West (RC-W) was controlled by the Italians. The capital region included the composite ISAF HQ, made up of members of all 47 contributing nations, as well as Regional Command Capital (RC-C), responsible for ISAF operations in and around Kabul, which was led by Turkish forces. In June 2010, a new Regional Command Southwest (RC-SW) had been created, under the control of the United States. The new command was tasked with operations in Helmand and Nimroz Provinces, while RC-S continued operations in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, and Daykundi Provinces. In August 2010, the Dutch also ended their contribution to ISAF, beginning to redeploy back to the Netherlands after handing over responsibilities in RC-S to the United States.

In accordance with all the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, ISAF's main role was to assist the Afghan government in the establishment of a secure and stable environment. To this end, ISAF forces were conducting security and stability operations throughout the country together with the Afghan National Security Forces and were directly involved in the development of the Afghan National Army through the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A). NATO training efforts in Afghanistan were to focus on the need to significantly increase the capacity of Afghan security forces in order to hand over gradually lead responsibility for security to Afghans themselves. In Regional Command Capital, since 28 August 2008, the Afghan National Security Forces had gradually taken over the lead responsibility for security in Kabul province.


ISAF (6 August 2010)

Location Element NationPersonnelEquipment
TOTAL ~119,819 [1]
Regional Command (Capital)
TOTAL ~ 8,500 [2]
Kabul
HQ ISAFComposite
ISAF Joint CommandComposite
HQ RC(C)Turkey (Rotates France, Turkey, Italy)
HQ Joint Task Force 633 - AfghanistanAustralia
Special Operations Forces Task GroupNorway~150
U/I Battle Group Turkey
Kabul Afghan International Airport (KAIA)
FSB KAIASpain
ACR Task ForceCzech Republic~60
Bataillon de Commandement et de Soutien (Battalion Command and Support)France500
U/I Airfield Construction TeamSlovakia
U/I Force Protection CompanyBelgium/Luxemburg
U/I Hospital UnitGreece
Groupement Tactique Interarmes (GTIA; Combined Arms Battle Group) Surobi / Task Force La Fayette France
ISAF Air Task Force [3]
Coalition Heron DetachmentCompositeHeron UAV
Helicopter DetachmentFrance3 EC-725
3 Gazelle
3 Tiger
U/I Reconnaissance UnitGermanyTornado Recce
32° StormoItalyPredator UAV
51° StormoItalyAMX
U/I Elements, 46a Brigata AereaItalyC-130J
G.222
U/I Aviation Battalion, delI'Aviazione dell'EsercitoItalyCH-47
A129C
AB-412
Regional Command (South)
TOTAL ~ 35,000
Kandahar Province
HQ RC(S)UK (Rotates Canada, UK, US)
FSB KandaharMultinational
Force Level Logistic AssetAustralia ~70
Provincial Reconstruction TeamCanada
Stability Company ACanada
Stability Company BCanada
Combined Task Force Kandahar Canada/USA
Joint Task Force Afghanistan (Operation Athena) Canada  
1 RCR Battle Group Canada
1st Battalion, Canadian Regiment (-) Canada
O Company, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Regiment Canada
D Battery, 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery CanadaM777 Howitzer
A Squadron, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) CanadaLeopard 2A6M
A Squadron, The Royal Canadian Dragoons CanadaCoyote Recon Veh
2 Combat Engineer Regiment Canada
4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division [4] USA
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division [4] USA
1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry RegimentUSA
III Corps [4] USA
97th Military Police BattalionUSA
Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment Canada
Engineer Support Coordination Centre (Regimental Headquarters)Canada
Engineer Construction SquadronCanada
Engineer Support SquadronCanada
Explosive Ordnance Disposal SquadronCanada
Task Force First StrikeUSA 
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA
HHC, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division USA
2nd Brigade Special Troops BattalionUSA
1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry RegimentUSA
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry RegimentUSA
1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery RegimentUSA
526th Brigade Support BattalionUSA
Kandahar Airfield
Air Force Control and Reporting CentreAustralia ~75
Rotary Wing GroupAustralia ~70 2 CH-47D
U/I Element, Force Support Unit 3Australia
903 Expeditionary Air Wing UK
U/I Close Air Support UnitUKHarrier GR.7A/9A
U/I Tactical Support/Transport UnitUKC-130J
U/I Elements, U/I Squadron, RAF Regiment UK
U/I Elements, Force Protection Wing, RAF RegimentUK
Joint Task Force Afghanistan (Operation Athena) Canada 
JTF-A/Task Force Kandahar HQCanada
Military Police CompanyCanada
National Support ElementCanada
Role 1 Health Services Unit Canada
JTF-A Afghanistan Air WingCanada
Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan/Task Force FauconCanada8 CH-146
6 CH-147D
6 Mi-8 [5]
Tactical Aviation UnitCanada3 CC-130
Theater Support ElementCanada
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle DetachmentCanadaCU-161 Sperwer
CU-170 Heron
Task Force Destiny [6] USA 
101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA 
HHC, 101st Combat Aviation BrigadeUSA
1st Battalion, 101st Aviation RegimentUSAAH-64D
2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation RegimentUSAAH-64D
5th Battalion, 101st Aviation RegimentUSAUH-60L/M
6th Battalion, 101st Aviation RegimentUSACH-47F
UH-60L/M
2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry RegimentUSAOH-58D
96th Aviation Support Battalion USA
Uruzgan Province
Joint Task Force 633 - AfghanistanAustralia  
Counter Improvised Explosive Device Task ForceAustralia
1 Mentoring Task ForceAustralia ~670
U/I Elements, 7th BrigadeAustralia
Special Operations Task Group (SOTG)Australia ~310
U/I Elements, Special Air Service RegimentAustralia
UAV Detachment, 20th Surveillance Targeting Acquisition RegimentAustralia 30 SCANEAGLE UAV
Deh Rawood, Uruzgan Province
Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamAustralia, United States
Joint Task Force 633 - AfghanistanAustralia  
ADF Engineering TeamAustralia
U/I Element, Force Support Unit 3Australia
Combined Team UruzganUnited States ~1800
2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment [7] USA
U/I ElementAustralia
U/I ElementFrance
U/I ElementSingapore
U/I ElementSlovakia
U/I ElementNew Zealand
Zabul Province
Provincial Reconstruction Team USA
Task Force DragoonsUSA  
2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA  Stryker
HHT, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
FIRES Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentUSA
Combined Team Zabul Romania  
812th Infantry Battalion "Soimii Carpatilor" Romania
C Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment "Team Cherokee" USA
Regional Command (South West)
TOTAL ~ 27,000
Helmand Province
HQ RC(SW)US (Rotates Denmark, UK, US)
U/I Danish Battle Group [8] Denmark ~750
U/I Ingeniørenhed (Engineering Unit)Denmark
U/I Mekaniseret Infanterikompagni (Mechanized Infantry) DenmarkPiranha
U/I Let Opklaringseskadron DenmarkEagle IV
U/I Kampvognsdetachement Denmark 3 Leopard 2A5
U/I Militærpolitienhed (Military Police Unit) Denmark
Task Force Helmand (Operation Herrick 12) UK 
British ArmyUK
Headquarters, 4th Light Brigade (Task Force Headquarters)UK
Headquarters, 6 DivisionUK
U/I Elements, Headquarters, 52nd Infantry BrigadeUK
204th Signals SquadronUK
U/I Elements, 258th Signal SquadronUK
101st Logistic BrigadeUK
102nd Logistic BrigadeUK
The Royal Dragoon GuardsUK
4th Regiment, Royal ArtilleryUK
21 Engineer RegimentUK
1st Battalion, Scots GuardsUK
1st Battalion (Royal Scots Borderers), Royal Regiment of ScotlandUK
1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's RegimentUK
1st Battalion, The Mercian RegimentUK
1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha RiflesUK
1st Battalion, Royal Irish RegimentUK
3 Medical RegimentUK
34 Field Hospital RegimentUK
12 Logistic Support RegimentUK
1 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical EngineersUK
101 Force Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical EngineersUK
Fleet Air ArmUK
U/I Elements, 845 Naval Air SquadronUKCommando Mk 4
U/I Elements, 846 Naval Air SquadronUKCommando Mk 4
U/I Elements, 857 Naval Air SquadronUKSea King Mk 7
Royal MarinesUK
40 CommandoUK
I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) USA 
Headquarters, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)USA
1st Marine Division
Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine DivisionUSA
1st Marine RegimentUSA
5th Marine RegimentUSA
7th Marine RegimentUSA
11th Marine RegimentUSA
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance BattalionUSALAV
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance BattalionUSALAV
4th Light Armored Reconnaissance BattalionUSALAV
1st Tank BattalionUSA
3rd Assault Amphibian BattalionUSAAAVP7A1
1st Combat Engineer BattalionUSA
3rd Combat Enginer BattalionUSA
1st Reconnaissance BattalionUSA
3rd Marine Air Wing (Forward) USA 
Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 (MWHS-3)USA
Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 (MWSS-274)USA
Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38)USA
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS-16)USA
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361)USACH-53E
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMH-363)USACH-53E
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 (HMLA-369)USAAH-1W/Z
UH-1N/Y
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232)USAF/A-18C
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1)USARQ-2A
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365)USAMV-22
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152)USAKC-130T/J
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352)USAKC-130T/J
1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) USA 
Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province
Provincial Reconstruction Team UK
Regional Command (West)
TOTAL ~ 6,000
Herat Province
HQ RC(W)Italy
FSB HeratSpain
U/I Quick Reaction ForceSpain
U/I Helicopter UnitSpain3 CH-47
U/I Role 2 Hospital UnitSpain
Provincial Reconstruction TeamItaly
U/I Battle Group Italy
U/I Elements, 2° Reggimento Alpini (Task Force North)Italy
U/I Elements, 3° Reggimento Alpini (Task Force Center)Italy
U/I Elements, 9° Reggimento Alpini (Task Force South)Italy
Task Force Genio Italy
U/I Compagnie, XXX Battaglione, 32° Reggimento Genio Guastatori Italy
Farah Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamUSA
Task Force Genio Italy
U/I Compagnie, XXX Battaglione, 32° Reggimento Genio Guastatori Italy
U/I Compagnie, XXX Battaglione, 32° Reggimento Genio Guastatori (Shindand) Italy
Qala-e-Naw, Badghis Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamSpain
Chaghcharan, Ghowr Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamLithuania
Regional Command (North)
TOTAL ~ 11,000
Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province
HQ RC(N)Germany
FSB Mazar-e-SharifGermany
Provincial Reconstruction TeamSweden
Task Force Warrior USA 
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain DivisionUSA 
HHC, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain DivisionUSA
1st Brigade Special Troops BattalionUSA
2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Battalion, 87th Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry RegimentUSA
3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment USA
10th Brigade Support BattalionUSA
Jawzjan Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamTurkey
Konduz Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamGermany
Feyzabad, Badakhshan Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamGermany
Pol-e-Khomri, Baghlan Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamHungary
Meymaneh, Faryab Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamNorway
Regional Command (East)
TOTAL ~ 32,000
Bagram, Parwan Province
HQ RC(E)USA
FSB BagramUSA
Provincial Reconstruction TeamROK
Headquarters, Combined Joint Task Force 101USA
Task Force Pegasus [6] USA 
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne DivisionUSA 
HHC, 82nd Combat Aviation BrigadeUSA
1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation RegimentUSAOH-58D
2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation RegimentUSAUH-60
3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation RegimentUSACH-47
UH-60
1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry RegimentUSAOH-58D
122nd Aviation Support Battalion USA
Task Force Falcon [6] USA 
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry DivisionUSA 
HHC, 3rd Combat Aviation BrigadeUSA
1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment USAAH-64D
2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment USACH-47
UH-60
4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment USAUH-60
3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment USAOH-58D
603rd Aviation Support Battalion USA
Bamyan, Pervan, Panjshir and Kapisa
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Bamyan)Australia
Ghazni Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamUSA
Task Force White Eagle / Polish Military Contingent (Rotation VII)Poland 
Zgrupowania Bojowego Alfa (Combat Group Alpha)Poland
Zgrupowania Bojowego Bravo (Combat Group Bravo)Poland
Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamUSA
Kapisa Province
Groupement Tactique Interarmes (GTIA; Combined Arms Battle Group) Kapisa / Task Force La Fayette France  
Khowst Province
Provincial Reconstruction TeamUSA
Task Force Rakkasan [9] USA 
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA 
HHC, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA
3rd Brigade Special Troops BattalionUSA
1st Battalion, 187th Infantry RegimentUSA
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry RegimentUSA
3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment USA
626th Brigade Support BattalionUSA
Nangahar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman (N2KL) Provinces
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Asadabad, Kunar Province)USA
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Mihtarlam, Laghman Province)USA
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Nuristan Province)USA
Task Force BastogneUSA 
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA 
HHC, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne DivisionUSA
1st Brigade Special Troops BattalionUSA
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry RegimentUSA
2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry RegimentUSA
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery RegimentUSA
426th Brigade Support BattalionUSA
Paktika Province
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Gardez)USA
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Sharana)USA
Task Force HippoCzech Republic 
U/I Helicopter UnitCzech Republic ~99 3 Mi-171S
Wardak and Logar Provinces
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Logar)Czech Republic ~286
Provincial Reconstruction Team (Wardak)Turkey
Task Force BayonetUSA 
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat TeamUSA 
HHC, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat TeamUSA
173rd Brigade Special Troops BattalionUSA
1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry RegimentUSA
2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry RegimentUSA
1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry RegimentUSA
4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery RegimentUSA
173rd Brigade Support BattalionUSA

NOTES

    1 - Total ISAF and other force numbers potentially include overlapping rotations and other operational fluctuation.

    2 - The Air Task Force is headquartered at KAIA, but provides aircraft to dispresed locations throughtout the 5 Regional Commands. Aircraft might not be located at KAIA.

    3 - This number includes ISAF Commands in Kabul (HQ ISAF, ISAF Joint Command, and the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan) not technically under the control of Region Command Capital

    4 - These US units are detached from the rest of their parent organizations deployed to Afghanistan and attached to Combined Task Force Kandahar, led by the Canadians in RC(S).

    5 - Mi-8s with Canada's JTF-A Air Wing were chartered with their crews and ground staff from Sky Link Aviation of Toronto.

    6 - The locations indicated for these Combat Aviation Brigades represent the locations of the Brigade's headquarters. The units assigned to the brigade are dispersed throughout the areas of Afghanistan where the United States is engaged.

    7 - 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is detached from the rest of the Regiment to act as the lead element for Combined Team Uruzgan.

    8 - The maneuver components of the Danish battle group are under the operational control of the British Task Force Helmand.

    9 - Though headquartered in Khowst Province, Task Force Rakkasan has responsibilities in Paktiya and Paktika Provinces as well.




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