Train, Advise, and Assist
In the 2014 timeframe, as a result of the
continued drawdown of U.S. and other Coalition nations, the
organizational structure of the International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) was changed. The Regional Commands or RCs were replaced by Train,
Advise, and Assist Commands or TAACs that continued the
Security Force Assistance
mission in Afghanistan.
The TAACs are each led by a "framework nation"
that include the United States, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. The regional
TAACs are responsible for coordinating support and capabilities within
its respective command region. In addition to covering the ANA corps the
TAACs also cover the regional Afghan Uniform Police (AUP) and Afghan
Border Police (ABP) headquarters. The TAACs serve as a principal
connection for the coalition members between the ministries and fielded
forces. They continue to play a central role in the coalition's ability
to assess the effectiveness of the various ministries in supporting the
ANDSF. In addition, because of the continued capability gaps of the
ANDSF the TAACs are a conduit where U.S. forces continue to provide
limited enabler support to include close air support, intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as medical evacuation
TAAC-North. Regional Command
North (RC North) advising 209th ANA Corps became TAAC-North and is led
by Germany. Many other European nations contribute advisors and forces
to TAAC North.
TAAC-East. Regional Command East (RC East) advising 201st
and 203rd ANA Corps became TAAC-East (although it was based at the 201st
Corps headquarters leaving 203rd uncovered except for periodic trips to
that location). This TAAC is led by the United States. Poland continues
to contribute advisors to TAAC East.
TAAC-South. Regional Command
South (RC South) advising the 205th ANA Corps became TAAC-South and is
led by the United States. There were many other contributing nations in
RC South to include Canada, Australia, and others.
TAAC-West. Regional Command West
(RC West) advising the 207th ANA Corps became TAAC-West and is led by
TAAC-Capital. Regional Command
Capital is now TAAC Capital or (TAAC-C). Turkish forces lead the Train,
Advise, and Assist effort in Kabul province (except the district of
Sarobi). The various units advised by TAAC-C include the ANA 111th
Capital Division, ANP Provinical Headquarters, ABP headquarters, and
Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP). In addition TACC-C also
works with the Kabul City Police.
Regional Command Southwest was
disestablished and the 215th Corps in Helmand province received periodic
visits from TAAC South and advisors from Kabul. This was formerly led by
the U.S. Marines and augmented by many other coalition nations such as
Denmark, United Kingdom, and others. In early 2016 an advisory element
commanded by a one-star general officer of the U.S. Army was dispatched
to the 215th Corps to stem the losses suffered by the ANDSF in Helmand
The air advisor organization advising the Afghan
Air Force (AAF) became known as
TAAC-Air and was based
at Kabul International Airport (military side) and Shindand Air Field.
The 203rd and 215th ANA Corps are covered by
Advise and Assist Cells (ACCs)
that operate out of Kabul and travel periodically to the corps hqs in
Gardez and Helmand provinces.