In an elaborate, symbolic and at times sombre ceremony the command of troops in Afghanistan was changed.
In the barricaded headquarters of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul General Joseph Dunford took over from General John Allen who has completed his 19- month tour.
Dunford could be the last to take charge of ISAF forces in Afghanistan as he will oversee the drawdown of most foreign troops by the end of next year.
“Today is not about change, It’s about continuity. What’s not changed is the will of this coalition. What’s not changed is the growing capability of our Afghan partners, the Afghan national security forces.
‘What’s not changed is our commitment to accomplish the mission and more importantly what’s not changed is the inevitability of our success,” he told the crowd of foreign and Afghan officials.
It has been arguably one of the most difficult periods as the conflict enters its 11th year. Security of much of the country was handed over to the Afghan army and police. But a number of NATO troops have been shot by Afghan forces.
President Hamid Karzai was missing from the change of command ceremony. A spokesman declined to give a reason.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Obama says Sony made a “mistake” in cancelling movie over cyber threats
- 2Second violent tragedy to hit Australia in a week leaves country in shock
- 3Australian mother arrested after eight children stabbed to death
- 4Pakistanis protest against Taliban as army intensifies offensive in north-west
- 5North Korea behind Sony hack says US
- 1Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns, Australia
- 2Putin tries to reassure over rouble worries, but also slams the West
- 3Pakistanis protest against Taliban as army intensifies offensive in north-west
- 4US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 5Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Thailand’s Princess Srirasmi renounces royal status and will divorce
- 3Left-wing extremists run riot in upscale Zurich, Switzerland
- 4Australia: two hostages and gunman dead after police storm Sydney siege café
- 5Putin answers press questions on Ukraine, NATO and the Russian economy
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 3Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 4What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 5Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 6McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 7Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 8NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 9Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 10Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 11Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 12European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 13The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 14Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 15Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria | euronews, world news
- 16Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 17Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 18Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
- 19International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 20Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 10:23 CET China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbours – Xinhua
- 10:10 CET Bomb blast in Bahraini Shi’ite village wounds three policemen
- 09:41 CET Italy’s Renzi wins confidence vote to pass budget in Senate
- 07:23 CET Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack
- 01:45 CET U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
- 00:23 CET Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal…
- 00:15 CET How Syria policy stalled under the ‘analyst in chief’
- 23:35 CET Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian…