Turkey officially took over command of the strategic Kabul airport from British troops Sunday, 10 days after assuming leadership of the international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital.
The airport has been badly damaged by many years of conflict, and the area remains heavily mined from the days of Soviet occupation.
Meanwhile, the body of Afghanistan's former queen was flown to Kabul from Italy Sunday and later buried in the royal family's tomb, on a hillside overlooking the capital. Homaira Shah suffered heart failure last week in Rome, where the Afghan royal family lived in exile since 1973.
Her husband, former King Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned to Afghanistan in April. The former king and and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were among the dignitaries to meet the Italian military plane as it arrived with the body of the late queen.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, recovery efforts are still under way from a massive series of explosions Thursday and Friday at a weapons depot in the city of Spin Boldak. Officials have yet to say whether the blasts were an attack, or accidental.
The full extent of casualties remains unclear, with 25 people confirmed dead and dozens of others listed as injured or missing.
The blast destroyed the depot, a warehouse and an adjacent mosque, and heavily damaged nearby houses and local offices of United Nations relief agencies.