Afghanistan 2011-2012, Inteqal and Transition
In 2011, HQ ARRC deployed for a one-year mission as the core of a newly formed ISAF Joint Command Headquarters (IJC) in Kabul, Afghanistan. As IJC, HQ ARRC was instrumental in implementing the road map outlined by the November 2010 Lisbon Summit transition principles.
These principles, which became fully incorporated in the transition implementation process, included:
• ensuring a better alignment of NATO/ISAF assistance with Afghan national priority programmes;
• working through increasingly capable Afghan institutions;
• adjusting ISAF’s troop profile and configuration with the view to meeting critical security, training and mentoring needs;
• further strengthening Afghan National Security Forces capacity; and
• supporting the evolution of the international civilian effort, including that of the ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), to enable greater Afghan capacity and leadership.
By July of 2012, ISAF comprised of 50 troop contributing nations. The IJC provided comprehensive operational level planning necessary to link the strategic ISAF efforts for Transition to the tactical implementation under each multinational Regional Command. To learn more about the Transition Process, click on Inteqal: Transition to Afghan Lead
HQ ARRC assisted each Regional Command to apply these principles along the security, governance, and development lines of effort. Transitioning the security of each province meant increasing the capacity and capability of Afghan National Security Forces. To read more about this mission click on Developing Afghan Security Forces.
Enabling growth along governance and development lines meant supporting the planning efforts and activities of civil-military organizations, the Provincial Reconstruction Teams, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international governmental organizations (IGOs).
See the award-winning NATO website - Return To Hope - to learn more about the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
"A conditions-based draw down of ISAF forces between now and 2014 and a continuing international presence beyond will be important for the achievement of our objectives.” - Lieutenant General James Bucknall CBE, Commander of the ARRC, Deputy Commander of the 150,000 strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan 2011.
Photo Caption: The 1st Battalion The Royal Welch (Royal Welch Fusiliers 23rd Foot) And assigned units including Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, Estonian Forces, and French Army in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (ISAF Photo Copyright British Army)