Albania keeps participating to NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan

The Albanian Special Forces contingent will continue its service in Bagram, while the 3rd battalion will operate in Kabul.
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Albanian contingent ready for Afghanistan (Picture source: Twitter account of Olta XhaçkaFlag of Albania@xhacka_olta)

Let’s remind that Resolute Support is a non-combat mission, whose primary focus is to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and security-related institutions. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.

The mission performs supporting functions in several areas. These include operational planning, budgetary development, force generation process, management and development of personnel, logistical sustainment, and civilian oversight in order to ensure the Afghan security forces and institutions act in accordance with the rule of law and good governance.

The ANDSF took over full responsibility for the security of the Afghan territory in 2015. The mission consists of over 17,000 personnel from 39 NATO Allies and partners. Personnel operates across Afghanistan through a central command in Kabul, and four satellite centers in Mazar-e-Sharif in the north, Herat in the west, Kandahar in the south and Laghman in the east.

The Albanian Land Force or Albanian Army consists of the Rapid Reaction Brigade, a Commando Regiment, and the Area Support Brigade. Part of the structure of the Albanian Commando Regiment is the Special Operations Battalion (BOS). The Albanian Army is mostly supported by the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium.