|Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan|
|Start date January 2015|
|Founded December 28, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-12-28)|
Country Contributing States: See Below
Allegiance North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Size 13,459 troops as of February 2017
Part of Allied Joint Force Command BrunssumAmerican contingent responsible to:United States Central CommandMacDill AFB, Florida, U.S.
Resolute support mission documentary
Resolute Support or Operation Resolute Support is a NATO-led train, advise, and assist mission consisting of over 13,000 troops in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which began on January 1, 2015. It is a follow-on mission to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which was completed on December 28, 2014. The mission's current commander is U.S. Army General John W. Nicholson, Jr. who replaced U.S. Army General John F. Campbell on 2 March 2016.
- Resolute support mission documentary
- Isaf ends and resolute support mission begins in afghanistan
- Legal basis
- Objectives and deployment
- Contributing nations
Isaf ends and resolute support mission begins in afghanistan
The operation plan for the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) was approved by foreign ministers of the NATO members in late June 2014 and the corresponding status of forces agreement was signed by President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Maurits Jochems in Kabul on 30 September 2014. The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council Resolution 2189 in support of the new international mission in Afghanistan.
Objectives and deployment
The objective of the mission is to provide training, advice and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions as well as counter-terror and combat. The Resolute Support Mission envisages the deployment of approximately 12,000 personnel from NATO and partner nations in Afghanistan with the central hub at Kabul and Bagram Airfield supporting four spokes. The spokes will be formed by Train Advise Assist Commands (TAACs), which will directly support four of the six Afghan National Army Corps. Train Advise Assist Command - Capital replaces the former Regional Command Capital; the redesignation took place in August 2014. TAAC East will assist the 201st Corps from FOB Gamberi and FOB Fenty located near Jalalabad, TAAC South will assist the 205th Corps from Kandahar International Airport, TAAC West will assist the 207th Corps in Herat and TAAC North will cover the 209th Corps from Mazar-i-Sharif. TAAC North is under the command of Brig. Gen. Harald Gante, German Army. Regional Command North was redesignated as TAAC North on July 1, 2014.
The 203rd Corps located in the south-eastern part of the country will see advisers from time to time from TAAC East (one source describes this as "fly to advise"). The 215th Corps in the south-west will get a little attention from TAAC South. Several of the TAACs were established prior to the disestablishment of ISAF; they can be seen on the December 2014 ISAF status update sheet.
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an update given from the White House on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stated that, following General John W. Nicholson's, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford's, and U.S. Defense Department Secretary Ashton Carter's mutual recommendations, the U.S. would have about 8,400 troops remaining in Afghanistan through the end of his Administration in December 2016. The residual force of 9,800 troops were withdrawn on December 31, 2016, leaving behind 8,400 troops stationed at 4 garrisons (Kabul, Kandahar, Bagram, and Jalalabad).
As of June 2016, among the forces contributing to the mission are 6,954 Americans training and helping Afghan forces, 2,850 Americans engaged in counter-terrorism missions, 5,859 NATO soldiers and 26,000 military contractors. The following nations have personnel stationed in Afghanistan as part of the mission: