Torkham Gate:The Busiest Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Crossing


During a visit to the Torkham border crossing gate, U.S. forces and interpreters are being transported to the border area by mine resistant vehicles, Torkham, Afghanistan, March 25, 2010.

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Credit: CENTCOM Logistisc Team Visits Torkham Gate, Warrior Citizen Media Center (IMA), Torkham, Afghanistan, 3/25/10

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance logistics throughout Afghanistan, the Director of CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, met with U.S. logistics and border security forces from Combined Joint Task Force 82nd (Regional Command-East) at Torkham Gate, the critical border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“This is the main entryway into Afghanistan,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Seibert, the U.S. military officer in charge of the Torkham Gate mission. Torkham Gate serves as both the busiest port of entry for commercial goods from the Pakistan border and the busiest major route in supplying U.S. and NATO coalition forces throughout the country of Afghanistan.  The border crossing is located by the Khyber Pass, a mountain pass that links Afghanistan and Pakistan inside the Hindu Kush mountain region.

The logistics team at Torkham includes a movement control team and surface movement specialists. Military cargo is tracked and cleared through the border crossing for forward movement throughout Afghanistan. Security forces from the U.S. military, NATO, the Afghan national army, and the Afghan national police ensure the proper procedures are followed in regards to customs clearances, tariff memorandums, biometrics scans, and force protection in order to transport cargo safely, securely, and efficiently.

The recent visit included discussions of how to improve the logistics and security mission at Torkham. One planned initiative is the development of a reliable, secure communication channel with the Pakistan military and government. Other discussions focused on potential increased border forces from the local population and a potential program to train Afghan soldiers on border control procedures in the U.S.

The town of Torkham lies in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and the Khyber Agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, right on the Durand Line border. It is linked by a highway with Jalalabad to the west and Peshawar to the east, connecting with N-5 National Highway all the way to Karachi.

  • The first photo shows movement of trucks through the transit point.
  • The second photo shows Combined Joint Task Force 82nd Soldiers from Regional Command East transporting U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon by helicopter to Forward Operating Base Torkham, Afghanistan.
  • The third and fourth photos show U.S. forces and interpreters being transported to the border area by mine resistant vehicles.
  • The fifth photo shows Combined Joint Task Force 82nd Soldiers and logistics units walking the Torkham border crossing area with CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center Director, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon.
  • The final photo shows the view from a C-130 flying from Mazar-e Sharif to Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

***Posted April 26th, 2010