Resolute Support Mission

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Resolute Support Mission
Official logo of RSM[clarification needed]
Active December 28, 2014 – Present
Country Contributing States: See Below
Allegiance NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Size 12,905 troops as of December, 2015[1]
Part of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum American contingent responsible to:
United States Central Command
MacDill AFB, Florida, U.S.
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Engagements Global War on Terrorism
Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr., USA
Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Tim Radford, UK
Senior Enlisted Leader CSM Delbert Byers, USA
Flag 180px
Change of Mission Ceremony from ISAF to Resolute Support, Dec. 28, 2014, in Kabul

Resolute Support or Operation Resolute Support is a NATO-led training, advisory, assistance, and counter-terror mission consisting of over 12,000 troops in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which began on January 1, 2015.[2] It is a follow-on mission to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which was completed on December 28, 2014.[3][4] 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.[5]

Legal basis

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.[3] The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council Resolution 2189 in support of the new international mission in Afghanistan.[4]

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.[3] 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.[6] Regional Command North was redesignated as TAAC North on July 1, 2014.[7]

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").[8] 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.[9]

Contributing nations

As of May 2016, the following nations have personnel stationed in Afghanistan as part of the mission.[10]

Country Number
of Troops
 United States 6,954
 Germany 980
 Georgia 861
 Italy 827
 Romania 588
 Turkey 520
 United Kingdom 352
 Czech Republic 214
 Poland 198
 Australia 174
 Mongolia 120
 Bulgaria 109
 Azerbaijan 94
 Denmark 90
 Hungary 84
 Netherlands 82
 Croatia 81
 Armenia 65
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 55
 Albania 43
 Belgium 40
 Slovakia 40
 Macedonia 39
 Norway 35
 Finland 30
 Sweden 23
 Latvia 22
 Montenegro 17
 Lithuania 13
 Portugal 10
 Ukraine 10
 Austria 9
 New Zealand 8
 Slovenia 7
 Spain 7
 Estonia 5
 Greece 4
 Iceland 2
 Luxembourg 1
Total 12,813


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