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Factsheet

Operations in Afghanistan: Chronology of Events, February 2003 - December 2006

Coalition military activity is summarised below, with links to more extensive briefings where available.

Operations in Afghanistan

The UK is providing a number of British military and civilian personnel in support of NATO-led military operations in Afghanistan. The UK contribution, which began in October 2001 following the terrorist attacks on the United States, has helped to bring about the fall of the Taliban regime. This subsequently paved the way for the first ever parliamentary elections in Afghanistan which took place on 18 September 2005.

British Forces, under the command of the International Security Assistance Force and along with US and other allies from the international community, continue to work with the new, democratically-elected Afghan Government to build stability and maintain security across the country.

19 Dec 06 - The role of Civil- Military Co-ordination is playing a quiet, but key role in bringing about the success of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The CIMIC group have people permanently deployed in these two theatres, liaising with the local communities to find out what they and the military can do to help each other.

13 Dec 06 - Defence Secretary Des Browne has praised the families of RAF personnel serving in Afghanistan and Iraq during a visit to the home of the Chinook and the Joint Helicopter Force (JHF).

12 Dec 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Marine Richard J Watson of 42 Commando Royal Marines.

5 Dec 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Marine Jonathan Wigley of Zulu Company 45 Commando Royal Marines.

24 Nov 06 - Since they deployed to Afghanistan in September, the pilots and ground crew of 800 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) together with their RAF colleagues have been providing Close Air Support (CAS) for the UK Task Force deployed in southern Afghanistan.

20 Nov 06 - A group of military policemen and women from 156 Provost Company, Royal Military Police (156 Pro Coy RMP) and 62 Section, Special Investigations Branch (62 Sect SIB) have been presented with their operational service medals at a Company Day held by the unit at Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester.

15 Nov 06 - A potent new battlefield weapon, the Automatic Lightweight Grenade Launcher, will soon be on its way to British troops in Afghanistan.

14 Nov 06 - Despite being under almost constant attack from the Taliban, Royal Engineers have successfully carried out an operation to construct vital police check points on the outskirts of Gereshk, Afghanistan.

1 Nov 06 - In the war torn town of Now Zad, in southern Afghanistan, soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have engaged with the Taliban 150 times in just 105 days. Now it is the Royal Marines turn, as they take over responsibility for the town.

31 Oct 06 - The first ever operation involving the new Viking armoured vehicle has been successfully completed by Royal Marine Commandos in southern Afghanistan.

27 Oct 06 - Medics at Camp Bastion's new field hospital work with RAF crews to save the lives of soldiers wounded in battle.

26 Oct 06 - British military engineers are hard at work with their Afghan counterparts to bring reconstruction to the heart of southern Afghanistan, in a number of projects supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).

25 Oct 06 - The Defence Secretary Des Browne met Royal Marines and British soldiers, sailors and airmen from a variety of units in southern Afghanistan.

24 Oct 06 - British helicopter crews are hard at work supporting ground troops in security and reconstruction work across Helmand province.

23 Oct 06 - The genuine progress made in parts of Afghanistan since the dark days of Taliban rule would not have been possible without the sacrifice, determination and ambition of the country's increasingly capable security forces, Defence Secretary Des Browne told President Karzai during a visit to Kabul.

19 Oct 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Marine Gary Wright, of 45 Commando Royal Marines.

19 Oct 06 - Within days of arriving in Afghanistan, J Company 42 Commando Royal Marines deployed into Forward Operating Base (FOB) Price to carry out patrols.

18 Oct 06 - Following a deal between local tribal elders and the democratically-elected Afghanistan Government, UK forces successfully extracted from Musa Qala in the early hours of Tuesday 17 October 2006.

12 Oct 06 - 450,000 rifle and machine gun rounds, 7,500 mortar rockets and 4,000 light artillery rounds fired. These statistics illustrate the level of intensity which the 3 Para Battlegroup faced during their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.

11 Oct 06 - More than 150 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment Battlegroup were reunited with their loved-ones, after a six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province.

11 Oct 06 - The outgoing Commander of the British Task Force in southern Afghanistan has spoken of his "immense pride" in the work of the force over the last six months.

9 Oct 06 - The Paras of 16 Air Assault Brigade return home after fulfilling their mission in Afghanistan, to be replaced by the Marines of 3 Commando Brigade.

9 Oct 06 - Royal Marine Commandos conduct a training day with the Afghan National Army at Lashkar Gah, the Helmand Province capital, aimed at teaching them how to operate a Vehicle Check Point.

5 Oct 06 - Recent video footage of Harrier pilots bombing Taleban targets, the "view from the cockpit" and the release of statistics showing a surge in munitions deployed against enemy targets, has reinforced the crucial role the Joint Force Harrier is playing in supporting Operation Herrick.

5 Oct 06 - Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, finished a two day visit to her associated units and Regiments in Afghanistan.

5 Oct 06 - NATO's International Security Assistance Force assumed command of international military security operations in eastern Afghanistan from Coalition forces.

2 Oct 06 - Harrier crews from RAF Cottesmore, near Rutland, were preparing to return home after a gruelling four-and-a-half month tour in Afghanistan.

28 Sep 06 - UK Defence Secretary Des Browne called for greater support for NATO's mission in Afghanistan at a NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Portorož, Slovenia.

25 Sep 06 - The Chief of the Air Staff, has praised the outstanding work of the Royal Air Force in Afghanistan during a visit to the country.

22 Sep 06 - The Armed Forces most senior officer has heaped praise on the Yorkshire-based personnel returning from the first-ever operational deployment of Apache attack helicopters.

19 Sep 06 - In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, Secretary of State Des Browne spoke of the challenges faced by British and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

12 Sep 06 - A ceremony was held at RAF Kinloss to mark the repatriation of 14 Service personnel tragically killed in the Nimrod MR2 crash on Saturday 2 September near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

8 Sep 06 - Sixty three members of the UK Armed Forces and an MOD civilian have received honours and awards for services on operations in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, and other operations for the period 1 October 2005 to 31 March 2006.

6 Sep 06 - It is with great regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Corporal Mark William Wright, Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead and Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch in Afghanistan.

4 Sep 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Craig O’Donnell in Afghanistan.

2 Sep 06 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the loss of a British aircraft in Afghanistan. The crash led to fourteen fatalities, twelve from the Royal Air Force, one Royal Marine and one from the British Army.

1 Sep 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Ranger Anare Draiva in Afghanistan.

The MOD has responded to media allegations that comments by John Reid about the UK deployment to Afghanistan were misleading.

An RAF judo expert has been teaching young Afghans how to become rising stars in one of the few sports to survive years of repression by the Taliban regime.

30 Aug 06 - Last week the Ministry of Defence stated, in response to a media enquiry, that six investigations are currently being carried out by the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police into military engagements by UK forces in Afghanistan.

The quick thinking of an RAF operations officer serving at Kandahar in Afghanistan has been officially recognised with an award from a United States Air Force commander.

29 Aug 06 - Since their arrival in Kandahar, 34 Squadron RAF Regiment have concentrated on trying to win the trust of the local population. To do this a lot of time is spent on foot in the villages around Kandahar interacting with, and talking to, the locals.

28 Aug 06 - The Ministry of Defence has responded to allegations in a newspaper that British soldiers serving in Afghanistan have suffered from a shortage of ammunition and other vital equipment required for the operation.

27 Aug 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Jonathan Peter Hetherington in Afghanistan.

25 Aug 06 - GR7A Harriers in Afghanistan provide support to both the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom, combating global terrorism, and also NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). This includes support to the UK forces based in Helmand Province.

British troops working alongside Afghan forces have completed a successful operation in the town of Musa Qaleh, southern Afghanistan, which was aimed at reinforcing security in the former Taliban stronghold.

24 Aug 06 - Blinding dust storms, high winds and extreme temperatures are a routine hazard for personnel based in Afghanistan. At Camp Bastion, these conditions have proved extremely tough for the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) aircraft technicians in their efforts to maintain the Chinook and Apache helicopters that are so critical to the 3 Para Battle Group's mission.

23 Aug 06 - The full deployment of the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) on Operation Herrick has seen the fusion of potent RAF and Army Air Corps helicopters into a formidable and cohesive unit.

Early morning in a dusty street in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, and a specialist team of RAF policemen are preparing to bring much-needed medical aid to villagers.

21 Aug 06 - Force protection around NATO's main base in Helmand Province can be a deadly business. It keeps men of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers patrolling night and day.

20 Aug 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Bryan James Budd, 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, in Afghanistan.

18 Aug 06 - A world-class RAF judo champion is to teach young Afghans how to become rising stars in one of the few sports to survive years of repression by the Taliban regime.

14 Aug 06 - Troops in the outstations of Helmand are supplied by heavily-defended long-range convoys. Keeping Camp Bastion, located in the heart of Helmand Province, supplied with the essentials of life is the principal responsibility of the Royal Logistic Corps' 2 Close Support Squadron.

12 Aug 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Sean Tansey from The Life Guards in an accident in Afghanistan.

9 Aug 06 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Leigh Reeves of the Royal Logistic Corps, in Afghanistan.

8 Aug 06 - British soldiers in southern Afghanistan have been taking part in their biggest offensive operation since deploying to Helmand Province earlier this year.

7 Aug 06 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Andrew Barrie Cutts of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, in Musa Qualeh, northern Helmand province.

4 Aug 06 - British Soldiers based in Southern Afghanistan have conducted an 'Outreach Mission' to spread the word about their presence in Helmand Province.

The Senior NATO military commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Richards, and NATO's Senior Civilian representative for Afghanistan, Minister Hikmet Cetin, both addressed Parliamentary Leaders in Kabul, outlining their commitment and support for the elected Afghan Government.

2 Aug 06 - The delivery of sustained security is the key to success and reconstruction in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Such security will not be achieved whilst those who oppose the ISAF presence are able to attack coalition and Afghan National Security Forces or intimidate the local population.

1 Aug 06 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of three British soldiers, Captain Alex Eida, Second Lieutenant Ralph Johnson and Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls killed in Afghanistan.

31 Jul 06 - NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) assumed command from Coalition forces in southern Afghanistan, continuing a process that began with ISAF's establishment at Kabul in August 2003.

25 Jul 06 - Defence Secretary, Des Browne, has unveiled a package of new equipment to help protect UK Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan following an armoured vehicles review.

Deploying to Afghanistan in September 2006, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines were joined at Salisbury plain by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Adam Ingram to watch their final preparations.

Anyone who reads a newspaper or watches television is more than aware of the UK's involvement in Southern Afghanistan and the 3,000 plus British troops that are deployed there. But not many are aware of the military working dogs that are doing their bit to restore peace and security in Afghanistan.

24 Jul 06 - Soldiers based in Afghanistan have been braving searing 50-plus degree temperatures to run a marathon aimed at raising money for needy children in the country.

19 Jul 06 - UK forces have maintained a presence in the Sangin area of Northern Helmand continuously since mid-June 2006. Their attention has been focussed primarily on the security of the District Centre of the town, the hub of local government.

11 Jul 06 - The Ministry of Defence is not alone in helping Afghanistan get back on its feet. A number of Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff are also involved in the Afghan reconstruction effort.

10 Jul 06 - The number of UK Forces personnel in southern Afghanistan will rise from around 3,600 to 4,500 by the autumn, following changes to the package of forces announced by Defence Secretary Des Browne.

5 Jul 06 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Damien Jackson from the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan.

4 Jul 06 - A British Army officer serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has sealed a deal with senior Afghan industry figures which it's hoped will lead to the building of a number of new, high-tech office buildings.

3 Jul 06 - The Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Richards, has highlighted Farah Province as a model for future ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

1 Jul 06 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Peter Thorpe and Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi in Afghanistan.

27 Jun 06 - The two British military personnel killed in Afghanistan were named as Captain David Patten and Sergeant Paul Bartlett.

21 Jun 06 - Recently appointed Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne MP believes that, although Afghanistan and Iraq are major challenges, British forces will see the job through.

15 Jun 06 - Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Des Browne MP placed a Written Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons regarding the deployment of 34 Squadron RAF Regiment to Kandahar Airfield.

Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne has returned from a short visit to Afghanistan where he saw the crucial role UK troops are playing in international efforts to bring security to the south of the country.

13 Jun 06 - It is with immense sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed thatCaptain Jim Philippson, 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, was killed in Afghanistan.

11 Jun 06 - The Ministry of Defence confirmed that a British Soldier was killed in Afghanistan. UK forces were involved in an incident in Helmand province, Southern Afghanistan. A mobile patrol was engaged in a firefight against suspected Taliban forces. Sadly as a result of this engagement one UK soldier was killed and two seriously injured.

10 Jun 06 - Hundreds of British military personnel deployed around the world were able to cheer on England as they got their 2006 World Cup campaign underway with the first of their three Group B matches, this one against Paraguay, in Frankfurt on Saturday 10 June 2006.

9 Jun 06 - Soldiers from 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan shortly with an unusual piece of equipment - an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

6 Jun 06 - Think of Afghanistan and you probably don't think of cricket. But the Afghan national team is on its way to England for a tour, and guess what - they are pretty good.

2 Jun 06 - The testing conditions of an Afghanistan summer may be a tough proving ground for the aircraft and equipment operating in its harsh environment, but for the airmen and airwomen deployed on Op HERRICK the requirement to provide support to the ongoing operation continues regardless of the extremes of temperature or dusty conditions.

29 May 06 - British personnel have played an instrumental part in the rescue of baby Jannik from a rioting mob in Kabul.

24 May 06 - The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a British C130 Hercules aircraft suffered a fire on landing in Lashkar Gar, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

22 May 06 - British military personnel have been instrumental in helping soldiers from 49 Infantry Kandak of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to complete their basic military training.

4 May 06 - A UK-led headquarters will spearhead international military efforts to extend the authority of the Afghan Government to the South of the country, said Secretary of State for Defence John Reid.

3 May 06 - 120 soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, which is part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, have been making final preparations for their deployment to Afghanistan. The soldiers, based at Hyderabad Barracks in Colchester, will set up base at Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

25 Apr 06 - A Joint Force Harrier detachment will continue to provide vital close air support and reconnaissance to Coalition and NATO forces operating in Southern Afghanistan, the Defence Secretary John Reid confirmed.

23 Apr 06 - Defence Secretary John Reid arrived in Afghanistan at the start of a three-day visit to the country.

18 Apr 06 - Within hours of arrival in Afghanistan, a team of Royal Air Force firefighters found themselves at the centre of the action when they uncovered a quantity of drugs in a vehicle entering Kandahar airbase.

11 Apr 06 - Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry have been parading at Dale Barracks in Chester, to mark their return from a challenging but successful six-month tour of Afghanistan.

6 Apr 06 - The last of the four Hercules C130 to deploy to Afghanistan in support of the NATO-led mission took off from RAF Lyneham.

27 Mar 06 - With great regret the Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan.

24 Mar 06 - A total of 70 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards for services on operations in Iraq, Northern Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and other miscellaneous operations for the period 1 April 2005 to 30 September 2005.

22 Mar 06 - It is with profound regret that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of Corporal Mark Cridge who died in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 22 March 2006. His death is being investigated; initial inquiries do not indicate hostile action.

16 Mar 06 - Defence Secretary John Reid heaped praise on UK Forces in Mazar-e-Sharif, as the UK formally handed over responsibility of the Provincial Reconstruction to Sweden.

British troops serving in northern Afghanistan have helped oversee the capture of what is thought to be the largest weapons cache ever seized in the country.

3 Mar 06 - Water and fuel will be critical to the success of the UK's operations in Afghanistan when troops are deployed to the south of the country later this year. So, an eight-man team from 517 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Bulk Petroleum) and two eight-man teams from 521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Water Development), have deployed to Helmand Province to make a start on the vital infrastructure.

17 Feb 06 - Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Defence in January 2006 that Chinooks will be deploying to Afghanistan, there was an air of anticipation and expectancy within the Chinook crews taking part in Exercise Herrick Eagle.

14 Feb 06 - 150 Royal Marines Commandos left Britain headed for Helmand, Afghanistan where they will provide support and protection for the UK personnel who are building a base.

7 Feb 06 - The 'unsung heroes' who maintain and fly the RAF's fleet of Chinook helicopters play a vital role in modern military operations, the Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, said during a visit to RAF Odiham.

2 Feb 06 - Coalition attack and support helicopters earmarked for operating in southern Afghanistan later in 2006 will have less need to divert from frontline activity to refuel now that the RAF, along with other units of the Joint Helicopter Command, have taken delivery of new huge off-road tankers.

31 Jan 06 - THE soldiers of 3 Para don't know what the weather will be like when they arrive in Afghanistan later this year, but Exercise Herrick Eagle, which culminated on a cold hilltop in Wiltshire at the end of January 2006, aimed to prepare them for the worst that they might find.

30 Jan 06 - The Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram welcomed Abdul Rahim Wardak, the Defence Minister of Afghanistan, to the Ministry of Defence. Following last week's announcement that a military task force is to be deployed to Afghanistan, the two Ministers met today to discuss key issues.

26 Jan 06 - Around 3,300 British forces will deploy to the south of Afghanistan this year, Secretary of State for Defence John Reid announced. In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Reid said that the dangers of military action in Afghanistan paled in comparison to the risks Britain would face if the international community allowed the country to become a sanctuary for international terrorism again, and that abandoning Afghanistan was simply not an option.

8 Dec 05 - At a meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels NATO Ministers agreed the revised operational plan for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which provides strategic guidance for increased NATO support to the Afghan Government in extending its authority and influence across the country.

16 Nov 05 - The training of the Headquarters of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, which deploys to Afghanistan in May 06 to lead NATO's efforts in the country, has begun in Germany.

14 Nov 05 - Adam Ingram, Minster for the Armed Forces, has announced that British preparations for a possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2006 are to begin.

10 Nov 05 - British soldiers from the Kabul Patrol Company (KPC) have been taking time out from their usual role of patrolling the city to visit the Setara Kindergarten.

1 Nov 05 - No 3(Fighter) Squadron return from Kandahar after a challenging 4 month deployment in support of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and coalition forces operating in the troubled southern area of Afghanistan

29 Oct 05 - Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry was killed as a result of hostile action in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Five other members of Sherwood's patrol were injured when they came under fire.

17 Oct 05 - In an area to the west of Kabul, British troops forming part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have recovered a large cache of munitions.

14 Oct 05 - A rocket attack hit Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan at 0040 hrs local time. There were no casualties.

13 Oct 05 - Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Michael Walker visited British military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

7 Oct 05 - As the reconstruction process in Afghanistan continues, the international community are developing their ability to assist with Security Sector Reform.

5 Oct 05 - The last time the Afghan National Army was a disciplined organisation was when the country was under the Russians, helping them fight the old mujahideen. Now, with the country having to start again almost from scratch, the army is desperately needed to protect the people of Afghanistan.

3 Oct 05 - During his trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of State for Defence John Reid flew from Kabul to visit the GR7 Harrier detachment based at Kandahar, in the south of the country.

1 Oct 05 - During a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, John Reid said that the UK is committed to ensuring a stable and democratic future for Afghanistan. Mr Reid expressed his heartfelt congratulations following the successful parliamentary elections in September, and stressed the UK's long term commitment and support for the country.

30 Sep 05 - Defence Secretary John Reid arrived in Afghanistan on the start of a four-day visit to see the UK's contribution to international efforts to create a stable and prosperous future for the country.

9 Sep 05 - Over 100 UK Service personnel were honoured for their heroism and dedication in operations around the world - including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Liberia, the Congo and Sierra Leone - in the latest operational honours list. Among them, Major Colin Risso, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, who receives the Military Cross (MC) for the actions he took when his convoy came under attack in Afghanistan.

10 Aug 05 - RAF Harrier GR7As, part of the Joint Force Harrier based at RAF Cottesmore, are playing a major role in southern Afghanistan. The Harriers, deployed in Afghanistan since September 2004, are constantly engaged in supporting both the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in rebuilding Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom in the south of the country.

5 Aug 05 - Minister for Armed Forces, Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP, has been visiting British military personnel deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

10 Jun 05 - John Reid gave a speech to the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels on Counter Narcotics: Drug Trafficking in and Around Afghanistan.

4 Mar 05 - Over the next 2 days Harrier GR7As from IV(AC) Sqn will deploy from HMS Invincible to Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan in support of Operation HERRICK.

Feb 05 - Command of ISAF is given to General Ethem Erdagi of Turkey.

24 Sep 04 - A detachment of Harrier GR7s flew out from RAF Cottesmore for Afghanistan to provide a reconnaissance and close air support capability for coalition forces and the International Security Assistance Force, particularly during the period of the Afghan presidential elections.

25 Aug 04 - The Ministry of Defence announced that a detachment of six RAF Harrier GR7 aircraft would be deployed to Kandahar in Afghanistan for an initial period of nine months to provide reconnaissance and close air support to coalition forces and the International Security Assistance Force.

7 Aug 04 - Command of ISAF is given to General Jean-Louis Py, commander of Eurocorps, a multinational rapid reaction force composed by units from France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxemburg.

27 Feb 04 - Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram presented a fleet of 12 armoured trucks to the HALO Trust, bringing to more than 100 the number of military vehicles gifted to the mine-clearance charity in the past four years.

9 Feb 04 - Command of ISAF is given to Lieutenant General Rick Hillier, Canada, with Major General Werner Korte of Germany as deputy

28 Jan 04 - Private Jonathan Kitulagoda was killed, and four soldiers injured, by an apparent suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. Private Kitulagoda was aged 23 and came from Plymouth where he was a student. A member of the Rifle Volunteers, a Territorial Army battalion, he was serving in Kabul with the International Security Assistance Force.

11 Aug 03 - ISAF was under the command of NATO, led by NATO Lieutenant General Goetz Gliemeroth, with Canadian Army Major General Andrew Leslie as his deputy.

8 May 03 - The UK will lead a Provincial Reconstruction Team in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary announced in a written statement to the House of Commons.

10 Feb 03 - Command of ISAF is given to Lieutenant General Norbert Van Heyst, on behalf of Germany and the Netherlands and his Deputy named as Brigadier General Bertholee of Netherlands.

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