Afghan Air Force Protects Base from Unexploded Ordinance


Kabul, Afghanistan – Following multiple rocket attacks on the Kabul International Airport during the evening of July 19, 2010, Internal Security Assistance Force and Afghan Air Force reacted to clean up after the attack.

ISAF Explosive Ordinance Disposal team
Combined Air Power Tranistion Force and Afghan Air Force Security Forces marked the unexploded ordinance and provided grid coordinate for ISAF Explosive Ordinance Disposal team
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The AAF Security Forces notified Combined Air Power Transition Force mentors of a unexploded ordinance location between the taxiway and runway in the early morning. CAPTF mentors notified Kabul North Operation Center and initiated response.

AAF and CAPTF mentors marked the unexploded ordinance and provided grid coordinate for ISAF Explosive Ordinance Disposal team and directed their response. ISAF EOD spent several hours digging out the rocket buried approximately 1 meter deep. Both ISAF and AAF provided security and observation during incident.

Master Sgt. Buffie Verhagen, CAPTF Security Forces mentor explained, „Afghans Security Force Militar Police Company commander reported it and we facilitate his discover. It was a good find for the Afghan Air Force Security Forces and great coordination with all involved.“

Ultimately, the 107mm rocket was successfully detonated in place without personnel injured or aircraft damaged in the early afternoon. ISAF, CAPTF and AAF members worked to make sure the ISAF Joint Command and Afghan Air Force base were safe and secure

Press release
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

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