Afghanistan (Resolute Support Mission)

Since the end of 2001, Sweden has contributed military forces to NATO-led operations in Afghanistan. The initial focus of the Swedish mission centred on the region around the capital, Kabul, where Swedish troops supported Afghan security forces. When NATO operations subsequently widened to the rest of the country, Swedish personnel joined a group led by United Kingdom forces in Mazar-e-Sharif.

In March 2006, Sweden took operational command in Mazar-e-Sharif, with responsibility for security in four provinces in northern Afghanistan. This responsibility has gradually been handed over to Afghan authorities.

NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, (RSM), began at the end of 2014, after the International Security Assistance Force, (IASF), was discontinued. RSM involves some 12,000 servicemen and women from a variety of countries.

Swedish forces included an advisory team to Afghan security forces, personnel for multinational forces in northern Afghanistan, medical staff at the German field hospital in Camp Marmal outside Mazar-e-Sharif, air cargo soldiers who load inbound and outbound aircraft, and a Swedish support unit for forces stationed in Afghanistan.

The Swedish base, Camp Northern Lights, was transferred to the Afghan government on June 26, 2014. From September 2014, Swedish forces in Afghanistan total 50 personnel, the majority of whom are working as advisors to the Afghan security forces, or in ISAF staff units. The majority of them are grouped at Camp Marmal, with the remainder serving in Kabul.

Our main task in Afghanistan is to continue to support government efforts to improve security for the civilian population.