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Operation HIGHROAD

Australian soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group board a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter after a mission in Uruzgan province, southern Afghanistan

The ADF's commitment to Afghanistan is known as Operation HIGHROAD and is fulfilled by personnel serving with the ADF's Task Group Afghanistan.

Task Group Afghanistan's Headquarters is at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport and comprises a command element of about 45 ADF personnel, which coordinates administration, communications and logistics support for all ADF members deployed to Afghanistan.

Australia remains committed to a stable and secure Afghanistan and continues to support the NATO-led train, advise and assist mission called Resolute Support which has replaced the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

Around 270 ADF members from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed in Afghanistan as part of Operation HIGHROAD.

Operation PALATE II

Operation PALATE II is the ADF contribution to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). UNAMA is a political mission which was established on 28 March 2002 by UN Security Council Resolution 1401 to promote reconciliation and rapprochement, and manage humanitarian relief, recovery, and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Two Australian Army Officers serve as military advisers within the UNAMA Military Adviser Unit. Their duties include maintaining contact and liaison with all military forces throughout Afghanistan on behalf of UNAMA. The ADF officers are based in Kabul and Kandahar.