Forward Operating Base Torkham

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Preparing gear prior to a patrol at Towr Kham Fire Base, Afghanistan.
Specialist Rachel Carey prepares for a patrol from Towr Kham Fire Base, Afghanistan.

Forward Operating Base Torkham, also known as FOB Torkham, is a U.S. military base in the Momand Dara District of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.[1] It was originally constructed as a firebase manned by a platoon-sized force but has gradually expanded.[2][3][4] It is a few minutes from the Torkham checkpoint on the Durand Line border.

The firebase was staffed by a platoon of military police in March 2006, one month prior to the Afghan Border Police (ABP) upgrading the checkpoint to one where identity documents were required of those crossing the border.[2][3][5] Part of the Platoon's assignment was to provide police training to their Afghan colleagues.


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  2. ^ a b Sgt. Matt Summers (May 26, 2006). "'Fighting Deuce' MPs Patrol Afghan Mountains". Defend America. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Afghan Border Police, Villagers Secure Border". Defend America. May 24, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. ^ Lt. Col Gordon Phillips and State Department Representative Shawn Waddoups (August 22, 2007). "DoD News Briefing with Lt. Col. Phillips from Afghanistan". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-02-10. "As far as the second question about roads to connect to the Ring Road, we have recently received approval to build -- or to make asphalt roads that connect four of the important district centers here in Nangarhar to Highway 1, which is the main road that runs from Towr Kham gate, the border crossing point with -- between Afghanistan and Pakistan and runs into Kabul and connects with the Ring Road." 
  5. ^ "Afghan Police Secure Towr Kham Border". American Forces Press Service. April 10, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-18.