FOB Qudus

FOB Qudus


One of a series of bases in the Baluchi valley, Chora, built in 2008, used by Australian elements. AKA Patrol Base Qudus.

Volksrant map of Chora FOBs

Caption: Locaties van de forward operating bases Khyber, Qudus, Mashal en Locke én van de White Compound in Chora (in het oord Ali Shirzai).
Source: De Volksrant, 17 January 2009

Chora valley - AIMS map


Source: Chora District, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, AIMS,

Government sources

Commander of Joint Task Force 633 visits troops in Chora and Baluchi valleys, Image Gallery 2010, Afghanistan, Department of Defence, 30 April 2010

Maj.Gen. John Cantwell, AO, Commander of Joint Task Force 633 took time to visit with Australian Service personnel based in the Chora and Baluchi valleys in Oruzgan province. MAJGEN Cantwell spent several days with front line soldiers at patrol bases Buman, Qudus and Mirawais. It was an opportunity for him to speak with the soldiers about their current work and the progress they were making in the communities they were working with in the region. During his stop at Patrol Base Mirawais, MAJGEN Cantwell was invited to attend a Shura, a local community leaders meeting, hosted by Mohammed Dauod Khan, the Chora District Chief.

Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the opening of the exhibition on Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan at NATO headquarters, 16 June 2009.

 Last July, I had the privilege to visit the Australian FOB Qudus, where Australian men and woman were living and working in exceptionally difficult circumstances doing a fantastic job. Often as I speak to these brave men and women, they have expressed to me their disappointment that their hard work and achievements do not attract greater attention by the wider public.

Australian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, Media Release, Department of Defence, 5 January 2009

An Australian soldier in Afghanistan has been killed in a rocket attack whilst conducting operations in Oruzgan Province. “Taliban insurgents engaged an Afghan forward operating base with rockets. An Australian element was deployed at the base during this attack.” “As a result of this indirect fire it is with regret that I inform you that an Australian soldier has been killed. No other Australian soldiers, or other coalition nationals, were wounded in this attack.” “The soldier was killed instantly when a rocket exploded in the compound,” Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Angus Houston said,

Diggers return home from Afghanistan, Image Galleries 2008, Operation Slipper, Department of Defence

Reconstruction Task Force 4 (RTF 4) soldiers have begun returning home to Australia after a six-month tour battling heat and dust, while working with the local community to improve vital infrastructure. During the tour, which began in April this year, RTF 4 pushed deep into the former Taliban stronghold of the Baluchi Valley, denying the area to the Taliban and building a major patrol base – Patrol Base Qudus. The RTF also deployed on an 800km, short notice operation to re-open the Highway 1 from Kandahar to the capital Kabul, countering a Taliban ambush on the way, and creating the conditions for a major ISAF operation to install a new turbine at the Kajaki Dam. The Engineers, with Infantry and Cavalry support, carried out $9.1 million worth of major and minor projects in the Tarin Kowt area, including Patrol Base Qudus and an all weather river crossing, school and bazaar in the Baluchi Pass.

Improvised Explosive Device following an incident in Kabul Province, Image Galleries 2008, Operation Slipper, Department of Defence, 2 October 2008

Australian and Dutch soldiers conduct patrols in preparation to hand over the Patrol Base Qudus which was build by the Reconstruction Task Force in Baluchi, Afghanistan.


A child, a battle and a place with no name, Tom Hyland, The Age, 5 July 2009

JANUARY 4 Private Greg Sher killed by 107mm Taliban rocket fired at Forward Patrol Base Qudus. Australian special forces enter Baluchi Valley that night.

Lokale tijd Uruzgan, Uruzgan, Boejke Pienter – De ‘Way of life’ van de militair

Grote schoonveegactie Baluchivallei, Noël van Bemmel, De Volksrant, 17 January 2009.

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Project coordinator: Richard Tanter
Updated: 4 June 2010