Regional Command Capital
Regional Command Capital is a multinational military formation, part of the International Security Assistance Force. The headquarters is in Kabul. Since 6 August 2006, Regional Command Capital is the new name given to the former Kabul Multinational Brigade. The KMNB usually had about three battlegroups, responsible each for a sector of Kabul.
The command of this region rotates among Turkey, France and Italy. French Brigadier General Michel Stollsteiner served as the commander from August 2008 to July 2009. At the moment, November 2009, Turkey is the leading nation in this region. On 31 October 2009 the Turkish Brigadier General Levent ÇOLAK took over command from France Brigadier General. Strength in 2010 appx. 6,150. Nearly all of the more than forty contributors have troops deployed to Kabul. The city has been under joint Afghan/coalition control since 2002 but came repeatedly under attacks of insurgent fighters. The ISAF presence at Kabul International Airport (KAIA) (provided by Hungary, previously Belgium) is also part of RC-Capital.
16 Air Assault Brigade of the British Army initially provided the Kabul Multinational Brigade. Then-Brigadier Barney White-Spunner of the British Army commanded the KMNB in 2002. In March 2002 the KMNB was transferred to German Army control. From 27 July 2004 until 27 January 2005, the Franco-German Brigade led by Brigadegeneral Walter Spindler, was at the head of the Kabul Multinational Brigade (KMNB). From July to December 2005 the KMNB was commanded by German Brigadier General Hans-Christoph Ammon, who was serving as commander of Germany's 30th Panzergrenadier Brigade. Between 6 February and 6 August 2006, SEEBRIG HQ was deployed as Kabul Multinational Brigade HQ, under ISAF Command. The Turkish Army's 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade served as Kabul Multinational Brigade for a period, and during the same period, the Turkish Armed Forces ran the Kabul International Airport.
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