NATO-ISAF mission in Afghanistan

  • Last updated 20-Dec-2010 10:03

The purpose of NATO-ISAF’s presence in Afghanistan is to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists and to help build security and contribute to a better future for the Afghan people.

Since NATO took command of ISAF in August 2003, the Alliance has gradually expanded the reach of its mission, originally limited to Kabul, to cover all of Afghanistan’s territory. Accordingly, the number of ISAF troops has grown from the initial 5,000 to more than 130,000 troops from 48 countries, including all 28 NATO member nations.