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ISAF REGIONAL COMMANDS 
& PRT LOCATIONS

Herat

Qala-e-Naw

MeS

Chaghcharan

Tarin Kowt

Farah

Meymana

Lashkar

Gah

Qalat

Kandahar

Konduz

Feyzabad  

ISAF PRT

Regional Command

PRT Lead Nation

KABUL

RC(C) 

Kabul

Mission

: Conduct military operations in the assigned area of operations to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 

(GIRoA) in the establishment and maintenance of a safe and secure environment with full engagement of Afghan National Security 
Forces, in order to extend government authority and influence, thereby facilitating Afghanistan’s reconstruction and enabling the GIRoA to 
exercise its sovereignty throughout the country.

Key Facts

:

• Commander:  General (USA) David D. McKiernan
• 40 Troop Contributing Nations
• ISAF Total Strength: approx 47,600
• ISAF AOR (Afghanistan land mass) 650,000 km²
• 26 Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs)

Regional Command North: 

(appx strength 4,200)

HQ RC(N) in MAZAR-E-SHARIF (DEU) 

• Forward Support Base MAZAR-E-SHARIF (DEU)
• PRT MAZAR-E-SHARIF (SWE)
• PRT FEYZABAD (DEU)
• PRT KONDUZ (DEU)
• PRT POL-E KHOMRI (HUN)
• PRT MEYMANA (NOR) 

Regional Command  West

: (appx strength 2,500)

• HQ RC(W) in HERAT (ITA) 
• Forward Support Base HERAT (ESP) 
• PRT HERAT (ITA)
• PRT FARAH (USA)
• PRT QALA-E-NOW (ESP)
• PRT CHAGHCHARAN (LTU)

Regional Command South: 

(appx strength 19,100

)

• HQ RC(S) in KANDAHAR (CAN) (rotates CAN, NLD, GBR)
• Forward Support Base Kandahar (multinational)

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PRT KANDAHAR (CAN)

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PRT LASHKAR-GAH (GBR, DNK, EST)

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PRT TARIN KOWT  (NLD,AUS)

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PRT QALAT (USA,ROU)

Regional Command Capital: 

(appx strength 6,300

)

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HQ ISAF in Kabul (Composite)

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HQ RC(C) in Kabul (FRA) (rotates ITA, FRA, TUR)

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KAIA (BEL)

Current as of 1 September 2008

Pol-e-Khomri 

Khowst

Asadabad

Mether Lam

Jalalabad

Ghazni

Sharana

Bagram

Gardez

Bamyan

RC(N)

RC(W)

RC(S)

RC(E)

Panjshir

Nuristan

Wardak

Regional Command East: 

(appx strength 15,500)

• HQ RC(E) in BAGRAM
• Forward Support Base BAGRAM (USA)
• PRT LOGAR (CZE)
• PRT SHARANA (USA)
• PRT KHOST (USA)
• PRT METHER LAM (USA) 
• PRT BAMYAN (NZL) 
• PRT PANJSHIR (USA)
• PRT JALALABAD (USA)

• PRT GHAZNI (USA)
• PRT ASADABAD (USA)
• PRT BAGRAM (USA)
• PRT NURISTAN (USA) 
• PRT WARDAK (TUR)
• PRT GARDEZ (USA)

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Note on numbers: Totals are approximations 
and actual numbers change daily. Number of 
troops will never be exact and should be taken 
as summaries.

ISAF PRT

Regional Command

PRT Lead Nation

KABUL

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ISAF EXPANSION

STAGE 4 (EAST)

5 October 06

STAGE 1 (NORTH) 2004

STAGE 3 (SOUTH) 31 Jul 06

STAGE 2 (WEST) 2005

NATO Mission In Afghanistan

: On 9

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August 2003, NATO assumed authority for the ISAF mission. The NATO mission 

consists of 5 phases:
• Phase 1      Assessment and Preparation, including operations in Kabul (completed)
• Phase 2      Geographic expansion (completed)
• Phase 3      Stabilization
• Phase 4/5   Transition / Redeployment

Expansion

: In October 2003, the UN Security Council authorized the expansion of the NATO mission beyond Kabul. In 

October 2004, Stage 1 of the expansion to the North was completed with Stage 2 in the West following in September 2005. 
Stage 3 of the expansion to include the South was completed on 31 July 2006 and Stage 4 to include the East occurred on 
5

th

October 2006, at which stage the geographic expansion phase was completed. 

Troop Contributing Nations (TCN)

: The ISAF mission consists of the following 40 nations (the troop numbers are based 

on broad contribution and do not reflect the exact numbers on the ground at any one time).

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* Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name

Current as of 1 September 2008

Slovenia

290

Sweden

9

Luxemburg

2660

France

1080

120

750

Denmark

47600

Total (rounded)

Singapore

2350

Italy

490

Czech Republic

17790

730

Romania

7

Ireland

200

Croatia

40

Portugal

8

2500

Canada

8380

1130

Poland

200

Hungary

460

Bulgaria

725 

Ukraine

420

Norway

130

Greece

390

135

3220

Germany

45

Azerbaijan

1770

Netherlands

1

Georgia

1

780

Spain

200

Lithuania

80

Finland

140

Belgium

Albania

Austria

Australia

Slovakia

Iceland

Turkey

70

155

70

United States  

Jordan

70

0

Estonia

Latvia

New Zealand

0

The former Yugoslav 
Republic of Macedonia*

United Kingdom

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