German peacekeepers handover Kabul airport to NATO

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1 June 2004 , KABUL - After securing Afghanistan's "gateway to the world" for more than two years, German peacekeeping forces officially handed over the command of the Kabul International Airport (KIA) to NATO on Tuesday. "This is testament to the professionalism of the many hundreds of German men and women who have worked here in Kabul over the past sixteen months," a letter read on behalf of General Wolfgang Korte, acting commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). "The ISA

1 June 2004

KABUL - After securing Afghanistan's "gateway to the world" for more than two years, German peacekeeping forces officially handed over the command of the Kabul International Airport (KIA) to NATO on Tuesday.

"This is testament to the professionalism of the many hundreds of German men and women who have worked here in Kabul over the past sixteen months," a letter read on behalf of General Wolfgang Korte, acting commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF).

"The ISAF operation at KIA is crucial to sustain the current mission here in Kabul and in Kunduz province, where the German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is deployed," Klaus-Gunther Biederbick, German deputy Defense minister, said in Kabul.

"When Germany took over the KIA mission in February 2002, the plan was to stay for six months," Biederbick said. "However due to the importance of the KIA, for the overall mission, Germany extended its commitment until 1 June."

Currently there are some 6,500 NATO-led ISAF soldiers providing security in Kabul and its surroundings. Germany has also sent several hundred peacekeepers to Kunduz province as part of the PRT.

Since its deployment in Kabul after the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001, a total of 12 German soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

 

 DPA

Subject: German news

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