Sunday, December 28, 2014

US-Led Afghanistan Coalition Ends Combat Role; Served 13 Years, Defeated Taliban Terrorist Govt.

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission today (December 28, 2014) -- more than 13 years after an international alliance ousted the Taliban government for sheltering the planners of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American cities -- the Reuters website reports.

About 13,000 foreign troops -- mostly Americans -- will remain in the country under a new two-year mission called "Resolute Support" that will continue the coalition's training of Afghan security forces.

The Afghan army and police are struggling to fight against Taliban militants, who this year killed record numbers of Afghans.

"Today marks an end of an era and the beginning of a new one," said U.S. Gen. John Campbell, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), at the ceremony marking the end of the mission held at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

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