Czech Army: 10 years in Afghanistan       Czech Television presents: Czech Help

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The "Czech Help", which documents Czech deployment in Afghanistan, was aired Sunday 8 January evening on CT24 channel and will be rebroadcast Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2012.

The film document depicts service of five units of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic which are currently deployed in Afghanistan under the ISAF command.

The footage includes activities of Czech helicopter training team at the Kabul International Airport (KAIA) which provides flying and maintenance skills to Afghan air corps personnel in order to operate MIL-17 helicopters donated by the Czech Republic.

There are remarkable opinions of both Czech and Afghan soldiers deployed in the Wardak Province where the Czech Operation Mentoring and Liaison Team together with the Czech Military Police unit serve closely with the Afghan National Army "kandak" (unit in size of a battalion).

The 25-minute film was made also at the light chemical unit temporarily based at the KAIA airport, which provides - besides its basic monitoring task - also training of Afghan units in the field of protection against mass destruction weapons.

Film makers visited also the biggest Czech unit in Afghanistan - the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Logar Province - where Czechs contribute to training of Afghan soldiers and policemen within the framework of a U.S. development programme.

This year, the Czech military mark the 10th anniversary of their presence in Afghanistan starting in 2002 with the 6th Field Hospital, whose surgeons served in Bagram and Kabul within broader international health care assistance.

The document is produced by the A-NEWS Agency, Prague, and was shot at the beginning of last November.

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Posted: January 9, 2012