Saturday, October 31, 2009
43 nations in ISAF
ISAF - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is a very broad international commitment made up of a coalition of 43 nations, with every member operating under a UN mandate.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force is not there to fight the Afghans, it is there to fight alongside them against insurgents who are rejected by most people in the country. Afghan forces have paid a heavy price in casualties and have borne a substantial part of the fighting.
Who else is there apart from UK forces in the 71,000 ISAF?
There are 35,000 US; 4,365 Germans; over 3,000 from France; 2,800 Canadians; 2,800 Italians; over 2,000 Dutch; 1,500 Australians; and nearly 2,000 Poles.
UK forces in Helmand work alongside 690 Danes and 150 Estonians.
Countries across the world from Norway to New Zealand make a contribution.
There are troops from Muslim nations - Turkey, Albania, the UAE, Jordan and Bosnia.
Many contributors have increased their forces over the last few months - for example Germany, the Netherlands and Australia by about 300 each. New Zealand has almost doubled its commitment from 160 to 300. Click here for a full list.