Spain ends 14-year military mission in Afghanistan
At a ceremony presided over by Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria in western Herat province, the soldiers lowered their flag at their base Friday.
However, 25 Spanish soldiers would stay in Kabul at the general barracks of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to train and advise Afghan security forces.
Defense Chief of Staff Adm. Fernando Garcia Sanchez and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jaime Dominguez Buj accompanied the Spanish deputy prime minister, who commended the troops for their work.
Spain has lost over 100 troops in Afghanistan, with the deputy premier saying the army had joined a war that demanded “the greatest efforts right up to the ultimate consequences."
Santamaria landed 14 hours behind schedule in Herat to participate in the ceremony due to a technical fault in the aircraft carrying her to Afghanistan.
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