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Gardez is the capital of Paktia Province in Afghanistan, in mountains 60 miles south of Kabul and 50 miles west of the border with Pakistan. It holds the headquarters of the Afghan National Armys 203rd Corps and is in the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command East.

Forward Operating Base Gardez, west of the city, is manned by US and Czech combat troops, as well as a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). [1]

Roads are have been built to Khost and Ghazni. From Khost, another road goes to Kabul,the national capital. [2] The roads are not secure and need substantial patrolling. [3]


  1. Fred W. Baker III (February 10, 2009), American Forces Press Service
  2. Afghan Infrastructure and Reconstruction Program, U.S. Agency for International Development
  3. James Warden (May 20, 2009), "A rough road to travel: Troops guard artery linking Khost and Gardez", Stars and Stripes