After 13 years of combat, the U.S. has formally ended the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban declared “defeat” of the U.S. and its allied forces, though the foreign troops were able to prevent the terrorists from gaining a significant amount of territory.
In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, "ISAF (the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force) rolled up its flag in an atmosphere of failure and disappointment without having achieved anything substantial or tangible.”
The U.S. will now transition most troops out of the country but 13,500 foreign forces will remain in Afghanistan for two more years to train Afghan security forces.
The Huffington Post reports 3,500 soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, 2,224 of whom were Americans throughout the course of the war.
Publication date: December 30, 2014