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Kandahar International Airport

Kandahar International Airport
Aerial view of Kandahar Airport in 2005
Airport information
 Location of airport in Afghanistan
Airport typePublic/military
OwnerGovernment of Afghanistan
OperatorCanadian Forces/US Air Force/Royal Air Force/NATO
ServesKandahar City
LocationKandahar Province
Elevation1015 m (3330 ft)

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Kandahar International Airport (more commonly known as Kandahar Airport) is located 10 miles (16 kilometers) south-east of Kandahar City in Afghanistan. The airport was built by the United States in the 1960s, under the United States Agency for International Development program. It may have been intended to be used as a possible U.S. military base in case the United States and former USSR went to war. It was occupied by the Soviets in 1979, and was severely damaged during the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan. It received further damages again during October 2001 Operation Enduring Freedom when the Taliban government was being toppled.

As of 2007, Kandahar Airport has been rebuilt and is used for both military and civilian flights. At first it was mainly occupied by the United States armed forces but since 2006 the airfield has been maintained by NATO. There are also other forces present from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). It is sometimes difficult to locate the airport from the sky during day-time because of lack of contrast with the ground and the usual dust or haze in the area. But during night the runway is well lit up and can easily be spotted because it is isolated from the population area.

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