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    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.)

  • #2
    This really wont be a big thing (the change in command) as almost all, if not all of the nations contributing troops in Afghanistan are from NATO nations.


    • #3
      Operationally, it is a big thing. The ISAF has had 4 HQs since its birth (British, Turk, German-Dutch, German-Canadian), each time, the HQ needed 60-90 days just to establish itself and getting the authority to act (ie learning the ropes).

      This effectively eliminate the learning curve for future deployments.