September 22nd, 2005
| Source:NATO Official Website |
NATO took command and co-ordination of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2003. ISAF is NATO's first mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area. ISAF operates in Afghanistan under a UN mandate and will continue to operate according to current and future UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. ISAF’s mission was initially limited to Kabul. Resolution 1510 passed by the UNSC on 13 October 2003 opened the way to a wider role for ISAF to support the Government of Afghanistan beyond Kabul.
What is the aim of the operation?
ISAF's role is to assist the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community in maintaining security within its area of operation. ISAF supports the Government of Afghanistan in expanding its authority to the rest of the country, and in providing a safe and secure environment conducive to free and fair elections, the spread of the rule of law, and the reconstruction of the country.
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I think i was taking about ISAF and they have Widened their Area of Operation in 2005 ........ Afganistan was a UN sponsored Operation so i Guess that can take command ............and i was Right they Did take over Officially on 11 August 2003 ........ Germany is Provoding most of the Solders right now in ISAF.
| Source:US Department of State |
February 9, 2004
Change of Command in Afghanistan
Released by NATO
On 9 February, Canadian Lt Gen Rick Hillier assumed command of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan from German Lt Gen Götz F.E. Gliemeroth in a ceremony held in Kabul.
The change of command marks the beginning of the second, six-month period of NATO’s command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
The ceremony was attended by Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO’s Supreme Allied Europe Commander, General James L. Jones, and the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces North, General Gerhard W. Back.
We know now that our future security, wherever we are, depends on Afghanistan’s security. And we will do what we must to help you, President Karzai, your government and the people of this country build a better, safer and more prosperous future,” said NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Schaeffer in his speech at the ceremony.
The mission of the International Security Assistance Force, under NATO’s command, is to assist the Afghan Transitional Authority in providing stability and security in Afghanistan. NATO assumed leadership of the ISAF mission on 11 August 2003. This is the Alliance’s first ever mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area.
There are more than 6,100 soldiers under ISAF command, including the Kunduz Provincial Reconstruction Team. NATO’s increased and more formal involvement in Afghanistan demonstrates its nations’ continuing long-term commitment to stability and security for the Afghan people.
The Alliance is currently in the process of finalising an operational plan for a further expansion of the mission to cover wider areas of the country.
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| Source:US State Department of Defence |
NATO Assumes Command of the Peacekeeping Force in Afghanistan
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2003 -- During a change of command ceremony in Kabul today, NATO assumed strategic command, control and coordination of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The force had been under the leadership of Germany and the Netherlands.
A NATO press release stated this important event underscores the long- term commitment of all NATO allies to stability and security for the Afghan people.
NATO expressed gratitude for the outstanding German and Dutch contribution, officials said, and also thanked nations that have decided to contribute to ISAF under NATO's leadership.
ISAF's name and mission will not change. NATO will work within the same United Nations mandate as ISAF III and will operate according to current and future U.N. resolutions.
NATO's commitment to the ISAF mission is a reflection of the alliance's transformation agenda and resolve to address the new security challenges of the 21st century.
NATO Supreme Allied Commander U.S. Marine Gen. James Jones appointed German army Lt. Gen. Götz Gliemeroth as ISAF commander and Canadian army Maj. Gen. Andrew Leslie as his deputy.
At the change of command ceremony in Kabul, NATO was represented by the deputy secretary general, Ambassador Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, and Jones, as well as other officials.
(Based on a NATO release.)