27 May 2007

PR# 2007-405

ISAF extends its influence in Uruzgan

TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan – With the impending arrival of 300 Australian Air Service and commandos, ISAF continues to extend its influence in Uruzgan.  The soldiers are members of the Special Operations Task Group.

Soon, the unit, or patrol, will support the Australian Reconstruction Task Force, whose mission is to assist in the development of essential infrastructure, primarily health, education and security.

Additionally, the unit conducts training that enhances the employment prospects of local students and develops the strength of the Afghan National Army.

Capacity building projects such as these form the building blocks of a future stable community and develop the local economy through increased employment, officials said.

Current projects include the refurbishment of the Tarin Kowt hospital and high school, as well as a river crossing to connect two sides of the town separated during times of seasonal flooding. Such projects are progressing on schedule and gaining significant local community interest, officials said.

New projects will target more remote regions.

“We have already delivered a number of significant projects to the community, and in the coming weeks [we] will extend its ability to help even further,” said Australian Lt. Col. Harry Jarvie, Army, commanding officer of the unit.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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