In a ceremony marking the end of 13-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, the French forces handed over the control of Hamid Karzai International Airport of Kabul to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on Wednesday.
Stationed in KAIA compound of ISAF in the north side of the airport, the French forces were responsible for providing air services, training of technical staff and equipping of the airfield.
day we also remember 80 sacrifices made by the French forces in Afghanistan," said Gen. John McMullen, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force commander of NATO. "These force had nearly 20,000 operational flights, transferred thousands of passengers and more than 60,000 metric tons of materials."Emp
hasizing on lasting peace and stability, the Turkish Major General Mehmet Cahit Bakir welcomed his forces for their sacrifices."Be
loved commanders, Turkey has accomplished fundamental jobs for restoring sustainable peace from Korea to Kosovo and from Lebanon to Bosnia. We are proud of your jobs and cooperation," Bakir told the ceremony.
foreign forces deployed in the airport help nearly 400 flights on weekly basis along with providing other necessary services to the domestic and foreign passengers.