|Resolute Support Mission|
|Founded||December 28, 2014|
|Country||Contributing States: See Below|
|Size||About 4,905 troops as of July 2021|
|Part of||Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
|Motto(s)||? (training, assistance, advice)|
|Engagements||War in Afghanistan|
|Deputy Commander||Lt Gen Nicola Zanelli, Italian Army|
|Senior Enlisted Leader||CSM Timothy L. Metheny, USA|
Resolute Support Mission or Operation Resolute Support is a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of about 4,905 coalition forces in Afghanistan, which began on January 1, 2015. It is a follow-on mission to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which was completed on December 28, 2014.
On April 14, 2021, NATO announced that RSM will implement a drawdown of troops operating under the mission by May 1.
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. The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council Resolution 2189 in support of the new international mission in Afghanistan.
The objective of the mission is to provide training, advice and assistance for Afghan security forces and institutions in their conflict with extremist groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and ISIS-K.
The Resolute Support Mission consists of approximately 17,000 personnel from NATO and partner nations in Afghanistan with the central hub at Kabul and Bagram Airfield supporting four spokes. The spokes are formed by Train Advise Assist Commands (TAACs), which directly support four of the six Afghan National Army Corps. Train Advise Assist Command - Capital replaces the former Regional Command Capital. TAAC East assists the 201st Corps from FOB Gamberi in Laghman, TAAC South assists the 205th Corps from Kandahar International Airport, TAAC West assists the 207th Corps in Herat and TAAC North covers the 209th Corps from Mazar-i-Sharif.
The 203rd Corps located in the south-eastern part of the country sees advisers from time to time from TAAC East (one source describes this as "fly to advise"). The 215th Corps in the south-west is supported by TAAC South.
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an update given from the White House on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stated that, following General John W. Nicholson's, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford's, and U.S. Defense Department Secretary Ashton Carter's mutual recommendations, the U.S. would have about 8,400 troops remaining in Afghanistan through the end of his administration in December 2016.
The residual force of 9,800 troops was withdrawn on December 31, 2016, leaving behind 8,400 troops stationed at four garrisons (Kabul, Kandahar, Bagram, and Jalalabad).
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is Congressionally appointed to oversee the $117.26 billion that Congress has provided to implement reconstruction programs in Afghanistan. The SIGAR's "April 30, 2018 Quarterly Report to Congress" says, "[As of January 31, 2018,] 14.5% of the country's total districts [were] under insurgent control or influence [& an additional 29.2% were] contested[.]"
As of 2019, among the forces contributing to the mission are 8,475 Americans training and helping Afghan forces, approximately 5,500 Americans engaged in counter-terrorism missions, 8,673 allied soldiers and 27,000 military contractors.
The United Kingdom announced in July 2018 that it was going to send 440 more British personnel to Afghanistan. Around half of the additional personnel were deployed in August 2018 and the other half followed by February 2019. This increased the total number of British personnel in the country from 650 to 1,090 by early 2019.
The following nations had mission personnel stationed in Afghanistan as of February 2021 (with complete statistics last published prior to withdrawal) and the present (as of July 2021) respectively:
|Country||Number of personnel
|Number of personnel
|United States||<3,500||3,500||31 August 2021|
|Azerbaijan||120||specific date unknown|
|Greece||11||specific date unknown|
|Albania||99||21 June 2021|
|Armenia||121||4 March 2021|
|Australia||80||1 July 2021|
|Austria||16||18 June 2021|
|Belgium||72||14 June 2021|
|66||23 June 2021|
|Bulgaria||117||24 June 2021|
|Croatia||107 (in February 2020)||September 13 2020|
|Czech Republic||52||27 June 2021|
|Denmark||135||22 June 2021|
|Estonia||45||23 June 2021|
|Finland||20||8 June 2021|
|Georgia||860||28 June 2021|
|Germany||1,300||29 June 2021|
|Hungary||8||8 June 2021|
|Iceland||3 (in June 2019)||Specific date unknown,
but withdrawn by
|Italy||895||29 June 2021|
|Latvia||2||3 July 2021|
|Lithuania||40||Late June 2021|
|Luxembourg||2||19 May 2021|
|Mongolia||233||17 June 2021|
|Netherlands||160||24 June 2021|
|New Zealand||6||29 March 2021|
|North Macedonia||17||29 June 2021|
|Norway||101||26 June 2021|
|Poland||290||30 June 2021|
|Portugal||174||23 May 2021|
|Romania||619||26 June 2021|
|Slovakia||25||16 June 2021|
|Slovenia||6||20 May 2021|
|Spain||24||13 May 2021|
|Sweden||16||25 May 2021|
|Ukraine||10||5 June 2021|
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Duration|
John F. Campbell
|December 28, 2014||March 2, 2016||1 year, 65 days|
John W. Nicholson Jr.
|March 2, 2016||September 2, 2018||2 years, 184 days|
Austin S. Miller
|September 2, 2018||July 12, 2021||2 years, 313 days|
Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.
(born c. 1956)
|July 12, 2021||Incumbent||11 days|