Nato concludes its 13-year war in Afghanistan

KABUL: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, 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.

Nato commander, US General John Campbell, said, “Together, we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future.” On January 1st, the US-led International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, combat mission, which has suffered 3,485 military deaths since 2001, will be replaced by a Nato “training and support” mission.