This month marks the fifth year of the Belgian presence in Kandahar as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
This presence consists mainly of four F-16s of the Belgian air force's 10th Tactical Wing from Kleine-Brogel and the 2nd Tactical Wing from Florennes providing air support to ISAF but also medical, signals and logistics units. Since 2008, there have been 15 rotations by a total of 1,938 Belgian personnel and 4,000 sorties totaling 14,000 hours.
The Belgian contingent in Kandahar was initially accommodated in tents, which were replaced by containers and since last year has been based in buildings, providing better protection from attack and weather conditions.
The future of the Belgian contingent in Kandahar after 2014 must still be decided.