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International Security Assistance Force Flag

May 19, 2017

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International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan

I saw a new flag in photos of the recent transfer of command to Turkey. The Arabic inscription appears higher up on shoulder patches and some logos--like the smile in a smiley face--but on the flag it is shifted downward, nestled parallel to the line of the white circle. There are apparently yet further variants shows one that has a much smaller logo, different font and a thicker circle.

An Aug 7 2010 Yahoo News photo shows Dutch and Australian soldiers lowering an ISAF flag during a transfer of authority ceremony from nl to au and us in Tarun Kowt, Uruzgan. The flag is that of NATO but with an unusually light blue, and a black charging bull silhouette superimposed overn the compass star, fimbriated white. The text "TFU VII"; at the bottom, on either side of the lower "ray." A small Afghan flag is in the upper hoist.

This is apparently the flag of TFU - Task Force Uruzgan, the Dutch ISAF-operation as part of NATO's ISAF force in Afghanistan. The TFU is scheduled to withdraw in 2010, which is the occasional, I guess.
The Roman numeral VII may designate the 7th Dutch contingent rotation, in which case this is the flag of the individual contingent - although it may well be that the previous contingents had the same flags with different numeral. At least such is the practice of Croatian contingents there - who probably saw it from others.
Ċ½eljko Heimer, 13 August 2010

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There is a flag variant of ISAF flag, where the green badge is placed on a white field instead of the usual green one.


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At the official website for NATO, there is a picture of various national flags. With these national flags is a flag of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, is a multinational peacekeeping force supervised by NATO. The flag of this force is incredibly simplistic. It has a black field with the white letters "ISAF" on it.

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Yahoo News reported the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Gen. James Jones handing over the ISAF flag he received from Commander of ISAF-III Lt. Gen. Norbert Van Heyst of Germany to Lt. Gen. Gotz F.E. Gliemeroth during a handover ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2003. NATO took command of the 5,000-strong international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital, a historic move that marks the alliance's first operation outside Europe since it was created 54 years ago. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong) 



Kabul International Airport (KAIA) Multinational Force

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Kabul International Airport (KAIA) Multinational Force cover practically the full spectrum of tasks involved in the control and management of the Kabul airport, ranging from logistic tasks to EOD support and Force Protection duties. In September 2010 Hungarian military personnel took command of Kabul International Airport (KAIA) for the second time. To illustrate the variety of their roles, on a most ordinary weekday, the volume of air traffic at KAIA is comparable to that of Ferihegy Airport, Budapest. Moreover, the Hungarian staff is also tasked with providing accommodation, catering and security on a daily basis for thousands of co-located units and guests in transit.
KAIA has an own flag, which is yellow with its emblem in the middle of the flag.