NATO formally ends 13 year old Afghan war

A low key ceremony was arranged for the occasion which was kept as secret

Kabul: Nato formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence.
The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of Taliban strikes in the Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated suicide bombings and gun attacks over recent years.

“Together... we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future,” Nato commander US general John Campbell told assembled soldiers. “You’ve made Afghanistan stronger.”

On January 1, the US-led International Security Assistance Force combat mission, which has suffered 3,485 military deaths since 2001, will be replaced by a Nato “training and support” mission.
About 12,500 foreign troops staying in Afghanistan will not be involved in direct fighting, but will assist the Afghan army in their battle against the Taliban.

( Source : AFP )
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