ISAF will recognize Iceland on Wednesday, Ireland on Thursday and Italy on Friday for contributing troops.
NATO will launch a new non-combat mission – Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces as of January 1, 2015. The NATO-led ISAF mission will end on 31 December 2014.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Afghanistan last week to reaffirm the alliance’s continued support to Afghanistan as the ISAF mission ends on 31st December.
Stoltenberg said the alliance is ready to open a new chapter in its relationship with Afghanistan. “Next year, we will open a new chapter. The future of Afghanistan will be in Afghan hands. But our support will continue,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg arrived in Afghanistan following an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to take stock of the progress made during the 13 year ISAF mission and launch of the new Resolute Support mission on January 1.