It is Afghanistan's second largest city after Kabul , with a population of about , In , Mirwais Hotak made the region an independent kingdom and turned Kandahar into the capital of the Hotak dynasty. Kandahar is one of the most culturally significant cities of the Pashtuns and has been their traditional seat of power for more than years. It is a major trading center for sheep, wool , cotton, silk, felt , food grains , fresh and dried fruit , and tobacco.
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Roughly a dozen rockets struck in late July around Camp Bastion, a sprawling air base used by Afghan and American forces in the southern province of Helmand. And several rockets were fired within the last week or so at Camp Dwyer, a large U. A Taliban commander familiar with the region denied that the group had carried out any strikes on American bases in Helmand and said that the group would investigate. The rocket strikes may also have been carried out by a Taliban faction that is against the agreement, according to one military official who was briefed on the matter. There were no U. Afghan government forces there are mostly constrained to the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, and some villages that serve as district centers. The February peace deal signed in Doha, the capital of Qatar, stipulates that the Taliban would refrain from striking American or NATO forces as they gradually withdrew from the country.
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The task force was periodically augmented by CAF personnel deployed temporarily on technical assistance visits and similar assignments, so the actual strength of the task force could be above establishment on any given day. It was also responsible for the delivery of logistics and administrative support to the units and personnel of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Located in downtown Kabul and comprising some 1, personnel from 42 nations, ISAF Headquarters is the unit responsible for operational command of the International Security Assistance Force, itself made up of five Regional Commands located across Afghanistan. Staff at ISAF Headquarters work with every level of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its security agencies, and with all the international governmental and non-governmental organizations that support the Afghan government and assist with reconstruction, in particular the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA. Base support functions and airfield operations employ some military personnel from across the NATO alliance and 1, civilians.
It serves as the nation's second main international airport and as one of the largest main operating bases , capable of housing up to aircraft of different sizes. The airport was designed and built by the United States in the early s. Following their withdrawal the airport remained in control of Najibullah 's government until he stepped down in Thereafter, local warlords and the Taliban took control of the airport until the U.