Turkey is set to take over from France the Kabul command of the International Assistance Force in Afghanistan for a year, a spokesman with the Turkish military said on Friday.

"Turkey will assume as of November 1, 2009, the ISAF regional command in Kabul for a year." Gen. Metin Gurak, head of the communication office of the Turkish General Staff, told a weekly press briefing.

This is the second time Turkey has led the Kabul command. The country last took charge of the command in April 2007 for eight months.

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Gurak said Turkish troop deployment for the mission had begun late in September and it would be completed within ten days.

The spokesman said the 1,700-Turkish contingent would not engage in anti-terrorism and anti-drug operations, and it would not participate in mine-cleaning missions.

The Turkish detachment in Afghanistan extends support for re-construction and educational efforts, and elections in Mazar-e-Sharif.