Afghanistan — ISAF-led multinational effort in Uruzgan

The ISAF-led multi­na­tion­al Com­bined Team-Uruz­gan took com­mand of Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force (ISAF) troops in Uruz­gan Province on Sun­day 1 August, after four years of Dutch com­mand.

Com­bined Team-Uruz­gan Com­man­der, Colonel Jim Creighton (US Army), led a cer­e­mo­ny at the Mul­ti-Nation­al Base Tarin Kowt attend­ed by the Act­ing Gov­er­nor for Uruz­gan, Kho­dai Rahim Kahn and Com­man­der of Australia’s Joint Task Force, Major Gen­er­al John Cantwell. 

Dur­ing his address to around 250 ISAF and Afghan Nation­al Army per­son­nel, Colonel Creighton (US Army), praised the Dutch and Aus­tralian efforts under Task Force Uruz­gan to improve the liv­ing and secu­ri­ty con­di­tions for the local people. 

“The expan­sion of roads and bridges, the effec­tive­ness of the Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces, and enhanced secu­ri­ty are exam­ples of the improve­ments made by the hard work and efforts of Dutch and Aus­tralian per­son­nel work­ing with the Uruz­gan lead­ers and peo­ple,” Colonel Creighton said. 

Colonel Creighton said that the cer­e­mo­ny ush­ered in an increased pres­ence of Amer­i­can forces in the region, who will build upon the sta­ble foun­da­tion the Dutch cre­at­ed over the past four years. 

“I am look­ing for­ward to build­ing on the excep­tion­al work that the Dutch and Aus­tralians have under­tak­en so far in Uruz­gan.” he said. 

Com­bined Team-Uruz­gan includes around 1800 US, Aus­tralian, Sin­ga­pore­an, Slo­va­kian, New Zealand, and French personnel. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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