Belgium is engaged in a significant number of peace operations around the world, including in Afghanistan, where it has troops stationed in Kabul and Kunduz (PRT, Provicial Reconstruction Team) as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom. Belgium is also lead nation responsible for managing Kabul International Airport. As of May 2012 it contributed 522 troops to ISAF.
ISAF, which initially aimed to assist the Afghan Transitional Authority in creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment in Kabul and its surrounding area, was created in December 2001, authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 1386 and successive resolutions.
Belgium sent F-16 aircraft as part of its contribution to the March 2011 military intervention in Libya following UN Security Council Resolution 1973 of 2011.
See also: "Libya no-fly zone: Coalition firepower", BBC News
Last updated: May 2012