Belgian Army hands over command

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Belgian army relinquishes command of Kabul International airport to Hungary.

1 October 2008

KABUL -- The Belgian Army has handed over command of the international force deployed to ensure the security of Kabul International Airport. The Hungarian Army will now take command of the operation for the next year.

The Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem (Flemish Christian democrat) attended Wednesday’s hand-over ceremony.

More than 240 flights pass through Kabul Airport every day and as such the airport is Afghanistan's main international transport hub.

During the year that Belgium was in charge of the security, there were three attacks on the airport. A further ten attempted attacks were thwarted.

The Belgian soldiers stationed at Kabul International Airport were responsible for the metrological service, air traffic control, logistics and security around the airport's perimeter.

Now the Hungarian Army has taken command at the airport, the 250 Belgians that remain will be charged with ensuring security around the airport.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, around twenty Belgians are stationed in the north of the country, while four Belgian Air Force F-16’s are based in the trouble southern province of Kandahar.

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