NATO wraps up 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan

December 29, 2014 8:00 AM

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KABUL — The 13-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended Sunday with a ceremonial retirement of its green flag and a pledge by top officials of the US-led coalition to remain reliable partners in Afghanistan’s unfinished war against the Taliban and other militant groups.

Scores of Afghan and foreign officials gathered to witness the symbolic shift to a smaller international assistance and training mission. The event was held in a basketball gym inside NATO headquarters here in the Afghan capital and was accompanied by a brass band and color guard.

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