The 13-year war in Afghanistan is being brought to an end.
U.S. and NATO forces held a ceremony marking the end of the Afghan War. According to CBS News, instead of fighting, the U.S. and NATO will now train Afghan forces.
The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.
Gen. John Campbell, commander of ISAF, rolled up and sheathed the green and white ISAF flag and unfurled the flag of the new international mission, called Resolute Support.
This announcement comes despite the fact that the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Muhammad Omar, remains at large with a $10 million reward on him.
Additionally, two American soldiers were killed by the Taliban in attacks a couple of weeks ago. It’s also been a bloody year for Afghans; in fact, it’s the bloodiest since 2008.
This year is set to be the deadliest of the war, according to the United Nations, which expects civilian casualties to hit 10,000 for the first time since the agency began keeping records in 2008. It says that most of the deaths and injuries are caused by Taliban attacks.
President Obama made some remarks on the announcement, which were picked up by the Washington Examiner.
“Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country,” he said. “We are safer. It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again.”
His words were similar to what was said when he announced the end of the Iraq War in 2011:
While we hope the fighting and terrorism and bloodshed in Afghanistan are, in fact, over, it is important to remember the takeaway from this Niccolo Machiavelli quote: “Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.”
Courtesy of IJ Review