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Tarin Kot to close
Establishment will shut at the end of the year, with some facilities handed to Afghans
MULTINATIONAL Base Tarin
Kot is set to close at the end
of the year, the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
CDF Gen David Hurley said
troops would start removing
equipment and collapsing areas
of the camp not being handed to
Afghan units, after the move was
announced by the Australian gov-
ernment on March 26.
“With the national training
mission, Afghanistan is moving
another kandak into Tarin Kot.
They will take over some of the
facilities so we don’t have to pull
those down, just clean them up
and hand them over,” he said.
A number of portable accom-
modation buildings will be sent
to the Afghan National Officer
Academy in Kabul, according to
“And then we’ll have to col-
lapse all the life support utilities in
the camp and clean those up and
remediate those to the appropriate
standards,” he said.
“On top of that, obviously
2010 – The Lisbon NATO/ISAF Summit
agreed to transition to Afghan security
responsibility in the state by the end of
July 2012 – Transition to Afghan securi-
ty lead in Uruzgan begins for the four infan-
try kandaks and the two combat support
kandaks of the 4th Brigade of the 205 Hero
Corps of the Afghan National Army.
November 2012 – All four infantry
kandaks of the 4th Brigade start operating
independently without advisers in Uruzgan
End of 2012 – Australia hands con-
trol of forward operating bases and patrol
bases to 4th Brigade, 205 Hero Corps, and
Australian troops no longer conduct joint
patrols with these ANA units.
Present – Australian troops start plan-
ning for redeployment of Australian person-
nel and equipment and remediating build-
ings and facilities.
Draw down: Multinational Base Tarin Kot is being closed at the end of the year, although some facilities will be turned over to the Afghan National Army.
File photo by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Set to close:
Base Tarin Kot.
He is part of
arise from the
LS Andrew Dakin
to collapse all
the life support
utilities in the
camp and clean
those up ...
– Gen David Hurley, CDF
[we’ll be] moving back equipment
by both container over the road
through Pakistan, or by air back to
Defence Minister Stephen
Smith said ISAF’s decision to
draw down and close the base
was made after consultation with
Australia, which currently leads
Combined Team Uruzgan, and
The closure was also in line
with the timetable to transition to
full Afghan-led security responsi-
bility in Uruzgan province by the
end of 2013.
“We’ve always said that we
thought that in Uruzgan we were
further advanced than other dis-
tricts or provinces,” he said.
“So we started transitioning
in Uruzgan in the middle of last
year. There are some provinces or
districts which won’t commence
transition until the middle of this
With the closure of
Multinational Base Tarin Kot the
majority of Australia’s troops will
come home from Afghanistan.
Planning has started on trans-
ferring Camp Russell facilities,
where SOTG is located, and a
portion of Camp Holland to the
Afghanistan Government by the
end of 2013. This is in accord-
ance with the ISAF campaign plan
and is being undertaken in con-
sultation with ISAF and Afghan
In addition, Australia has con-
tributed substantial funds towards
the construction of permanent bar-
racks for the Afghan 4th Brigade
of the 205 Hero Corps next to
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
The ADF role in Uruzgan will
continue until the end of this year.
In 2014, the ADF will focus
on a training role at the Afghan
National Army Officer Academy
in Kabul with our British and New
In Kandahar, the ADF will
continue to provide training assis-
tance to the 205 Corps of the
Afghan National Army.
Mr Smith said Australia
was ready to help train, advise
and assist the Afghan National
Security Forces after 2014, by
continuing to provide embedded
HQ staff, advisers at the corps
level and trainers at the ANA
Officer Academy in Kabul.
Under an appropriate mandate,
Australia would also be prepared
to make a special forces contri-
bution, either for training or for
counter terrorism purposes.
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