Kandahar International Airport (more commonly known as Kandahar Airport (IATA KDH) and local as Khwaja Rawash Airport) is located 10 miles south-east of Kandahar City in South Afghanistan. The airport was built by the US in the 1960's as International Development program. It may have been intended to be used as a possible US military base in case the United States and former USSR went to war. It was occupied by the Soviets in 1979 and was severely damaged during the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 80s. It received further damages again during the US raids in October 2001 when the Taliban government was being removed. As of 2007, Kandahar Airport has been rebuilt and is used for both military and civilian flights. Since 2006 the airfield has been maintained by the Canadians, but there are also other NATO forces present. It is sometimes difficult to locate the airport from the sky during day-time because of lack of contrast with the ground and the usual dust or haze in the area but during night time the runway is well lit up.