Afghan and ISAF forces deliver a new turbine to Kajaki Dam

Posted in NATO , Afghanistan | 03-Sep-08 | Source: International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

British troops backed by special forces completed one of the largest logistical operations of the 7-year Afghan conflict on Tuesday, delivering a 200-tonne turbine to a remote Taliban-dominated region.

Kabul, Afghanistan – In the early morning hours of September 2, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) successfully delivered a new turbine to Kajaki Dam in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The result of the operation will be a much needed increase in capacity to generate electrical power, which will create a better quality of life for Afghan people in southern Afghanistan.

The multinational convoy travelled 180km over road and desert tracks to reach its destination. 4,000 ANSF and ISAF troops were involved in the operation, including United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Denmark and Australia, providing security to the convoy and dominating the ground around it.

The project, supported by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), is one part of the international community’s effort towards redevelopment in the southern region, and has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Even though it was just one step in a much wider and more long-term reconstruction project, this operation clearly demonstrated ANSF and ISAF commitment to the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan,” says Major General Lessard, Commander of ISAF Regional Command South. “ANSF and ISAF believe that the population of Afghanistan are entitled to live in honour and dignity and will stay the course to help them to have a normal life,” he added.

“Despite the disruptive effort from the insurgents, we achieved our goal and delivered the new turbine to Kajaki Dam,” Major General Lessard stated “the insurgents’ efforts have not been successful. They will not win and are not winning in the southern region.”

This project demonstrates the long term commitment of GIRoA and ISAF to support development and growth in southern Afghanistan.