The United States and NATO have formally ended the 13-year war in Afghanistan with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul.
It marked the completion of the US-led International Security Assistance Force’s combat mission as foreign troops prepare to take on a purely supportive role.
ISAF commander General John Campbell symbolically rolled up the green and white ISAF flag and raised the flag of the new mission, Resolute Support.
He paid tribute to the troops who helped unseat the Taliban in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
“Together… we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future,” he told an audience of Afghan and military officers.
“You’ve made Afghanistan stronger and our countries safer,” he said.
From 1 January ISAF will be replaced by a 12,500-strong NATO “training and support mission”, mostly comprised of US soldiers.
They will be tasked with assisting the Afghan army and police in their ongoing battle against the Taliban… see more