NATO formally ends its 13 year war in Afghanistan
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has formally ended its war in Afghanistan after 13 years of conflict.
In this regard, a low-key ceremony took place in Kabul (Afghanistan’s capital) in secret and it was held in a sports hall at NATO headquarters.
This ceremony completes the gradual handover of responsibility to maintain peace and security of Afghanistan to its government which at present has 350,000-strong personnel in their forces, who have been in charge of nationwide security since the middle of last year.
From 1st January 2015, joint US-NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission will be replaced by a NATO Training and Support mission.
For this mission about 12,500 foreign troops will stay in Afghanistan. They will be not directly involved in any combat mission, but will assist and train Afghan army and police forces in their battle against the Taliban.
ISAF combat mission comes to an end after 13 years of September 11 terror attacks that sparked their invasion of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban-led Government (who had ruled from 1996 until 2001) and fight against terrorism.
In this combat mission 3,485 military had died since it began 2001.
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