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Kabul International Airport

Kabul International Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Afghanistan
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerMinistry of Transportation and Civil Aviation
OperatorHellenic Air Force
(as a part of ISAF)
HubAriana Afghan Airlines
Elevation1789 m (5877 ft)

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Kabul International Airport ,(Pashto: دکابل نړیوال هوایی ډګر), (Persian: میدان هوایی بین المللی کابل ), also known as Khwaja Rawash Airport, is located 16 kilometers (9 miles) from the city center of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Kabul International Airport was built in the early 1960s at a time when Afghanistan was becoming modernized. During the 10 year Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, the airport was in full control of the Red Army. Following the Soviet withdrawal it remained in control of the Soviet-backed Afghan military that switched to private militia and other regimes until late 2001 when the United States and allies invaded Afghanistan.

At first, Kabul Airport was only for the United States armed forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led peacekeeping force. After the removal of UN sanctions, in early 2002, it was finally allowed to be used for civilian airlines. The U.S. military and ISAF (with the Romanian Air Force a lead contributor in 2005) run the military section of the airport and provide security there. The Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army are in control of security inside and around the airport.

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