The United States and NATO on 28 December 2014 officially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan. The combat mission that ran for 13 years saw its end with Commanders of joint coalition forces lowering the flag during a ceremony in Kabul.
The ceremony ending the combat mission was followed by raising the flag of the new mission named Resolute Support.
From 1 January 2015 the alliance's role will shift to training and support mission for the Afghan army. The training and support mission will be administered by more than 13000 troops mostly Americans who will stay in Afghanistan to support local forces.
NATO that formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan had transferred full security responsibility of the country to the Afghan government.
The end of the combat mission was welcomed by US President Barack Obama, who in his communication said that US forces has made, extraordinary sacrifices and end of the longest war in American history was coming to a responsible conclusion.
US-NATO combat War in Afghanistan
US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) launched their war in Afghanistan in December 2001 in the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks against US. The war aimed at dismantling al-Qaeda and removal of Taliban from power.
End of NATO mission from Afghanistan comes at a time when the Taliban that was ousted from power 13 years ago is trying to re-emerge in the country. In such condition it might be possible that Afghanistan may go Iraq way. Iraq saw emergence of ISIS few years after US troops withdrew from the country.
Who: US and NATO
When: 28 December 2014