NATO's International Security Assistance Force or ISAF formally ended its combat mission
in Afghnaistan by lowering its flag at a ceremony conducted in Kabul on Dec 28.
Jacobson further added that the NATO-led forces would continue supporting the Afghan forces despite the NATO combat mission
ends this year.
It allows them to accompany Afghan troops on combat missions
and carry out air strikes and drone attacks when needed.
The checking will focus on the state of personnel and military equipment, including the execution of combat missions
by the armed forces.
If the deal is not signed, all foreign soldiers will leave when the current combat mission
ends in 2014.
Afghan leaders desperately wanted an American presence even after an end to the combat mission
, insisted Allen, who went on to explain: "They don't want us in large numbers, but they want us there in enough numbers to help to continue to develop the ANSF.
10,000 conventional combat missions
for a relatively small fleet of 66 B-1s is a major milestone and a testament to the men and women who built, sustain and modernize the fleet, including the U.
Typhoons flew their first ever combat mission
while patrolling the no-fly zone in support of UNSCR 1973.
Our combat mission
is ending, but our commitment to Iraq's future is not.
President Barack Obama has declared an end to the seven-year US combat mission
in Iraq and told war-weary Americans "our central mission as a people" is to restore the sagging US economy.
The aircrew returned the aircraft to parking, stepped to a spare aircraft, and flew a successful combat mission
without further incident.
takes off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on a combat mission