Nato in Afghanistan Essay

792 WordsMar 23, 20094 Pages
When NATO started it was created to keep the Russians out of Germany, to put the Americans in and the Germans down and out. NATO has been true to their articles and after the 9/11 attacks on the United States led them to use article five of the NATO charter for the first time. The fifth article states that an attack on any member shall be considered to be an attack on all. Their invocation was determined on October 4, 2001 when NATO determined that the attacks were indeed eligible under the terms of the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO took eight official actions after October 4th. Two of them were Operation Eagle Assist and Operation Active Endeavour. Operation Active Endeavour was a naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea and is designed to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction and also to enhance the security of shipping. Their main focus is to stop terrorism. On April 16, 2003 NATO agreed to take command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The decision came at the request of Germany and the Netherlands, the two nations leading ISAF at the time of the agreement, and all nineteen NATO ambassadors approved it unanimously. The handover of control to NATO took place on August 11. The ISAF’s main role is to assist the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community in maintaining peace within its area of operation. ISAF supports the Government of Afghanistan in expanding its authority to the rest of the country, and in providing a safe and secure environment conducive to free and fair elections, the spread of the rule of law, and the reconstruction of the country. ISAF conducts patrols throughout the 18 police districts in Kabul and its surrounding areas. Over a third of these patrols are done by the Kabul City Police. The ISAF also helps the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC). The CIMIC teams work

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