CNN.COM AMERICA AT HOME FRONT LINES BIN LADEN AFGHANISTAN BATTLEFIELD VICTIMS SEPTEMBER 11
 BACK TO MAP
Dalbandin Air Base

Dalbandin Air Base
Western Pakistan

 •  An undisclosed number of additional U.S. military forces have been sent to Pakistan in early 2002 in preparation for possible future action against al Qaeda targets in that South Asian country. A senior U.S. military official told CNN on April 25, 2002, that so far no American forces have accompanied Pakistani troops on combat missions. The official declined to disclose how many troops had been sent and their exact mission, explaining that "we want some people to worry about this and others not to."

 • In late 2001, Pakistan said it has turned over Dalbandin Air Base to "coalition forces," according to officials in Balochistan Province.

 • The base is located in the Balochistan desert west of Quetta and could be strategically important if U.S. and British forces needed a staging ground close to the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, about 125 miles (200 km) northwest of Quetta.



CNN is sensitive to reporting any information that could endanger lives or operations.