On July 31th 2006, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) assumed command over the southern region of Afghanistan (RC-S). It signalled the beginning of a four-year mission by the Dutch armed forces, designated as lead-nation for Uruzgan; a province roughly one-third the size of the Netherlands.
After taking over the US base Ripley, renaming it Kamp Holland, the Dutch forces commenced with the daunting objectives set by the international community and Dutch government in particular to deliver reconstruction and development in this remote Afghan region. What did Task Force Uruzgan (TF-U) and the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) encounter during their mission?
These exceptional photos were taken by personnel from Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Team 5 (PRT5) and the administering Mission Teams (MTs), each designated an area of responsibility; the cities of Tarin Kowt, Chora, Deh Rawood and the Westbank area. They provide us snapshots of the post-war reconstruction and the nature of nation-building in Afghanistan, displaying an array of projects commonly referred to as Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) or ‘Heart and Mind’ projects.
Specialist Operations would like to thank departments of Dutch Armed Forces and would like to thank them for their collaboration and extensive assistance. In particular it is grateful to the people who have served in Uruzgan and who provided this extraordinary insight. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence. The project is made possible with financial support of the Creative Industry Fund NL.
This article by Jan Willem Petersen was published in Volume’s 40th issue, ‘Architecture of Peace Reloaded’.