Afghan War Continues, Despite NATO’s ‘Ceremonial End’

Combat Command Closed, But Combat Will Go On

Even though it’s been obvious for weeks that the end of 2014 will not mean anything resembling the end to the Afghan War, NATO apparently had all the party favors already ordered and decided to have the ceremony anyhow.

So today NATO and the US made a big show of ceremonially ending the Afghan War, shutting down the combat command for the country, even though the combat itself will be going on at least through 2015, and likely beyond.

Over 13 years in, the war is less over than ever, with the US agreeing to leave not only about 10,000 troops in the country, but to add another 1,000 by the end of 2014 to make up for the lower number of NATO troops involved.

Still, officials seem to be hoping that the show of ending the war will be enough for most people, and will push the already scarcely covered conflict off the news cycle entirely.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.