Photo Of The Day: Modern history in action as we take a look at Swedish Special Forces (SOG) at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. They are working in collaboration with other nations’ units on the site. The soldiers live inside the airport and have the opportunity to sleep about two to four hours a day according to a SwdishSwedish Armed Forces article. These are official photos from the Swedish Armed Forces and as such, they are pixelated not to reveal certain “abilities” and other details that are considered secret.
Some quotes, machine-translated, from the article in Swedish.
The Swedish Armed Forces’ special forces are on site at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where the operators protect transport aircraft and their crews. They also support the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with the management of former local staff, Swedish citizens and people with residence permits in Sweden.
The people who are to be evacuated are then taken to an area where they have to wait for the plane that will take them from Afghanistan. There have been difficulties in checking who meets the criteria to be allowed to follow the aircraft from Afghanistan. The work is complex, time consuming and psychologically stressful. The work is led by an ambassador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the special forces.
In case you want to have a closer look at what firearms these units may be using, check any of our previous articles: Swedish Police & Special Forces working together (LWRC & Surefire), Swedish SOG and Special Police units to get LWRCI Rifles and Swedish SOG now confirmed with LWRCI and HK MP7.
All photos are taken by Alexander Gustavsson / Försvarsmakten (Swedish Armed Forces)