Resolute Support Mission (RSM)
NATO is leading a non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions. The Resolute Support Mission (RSM) was launched in January 2015, following the completion of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in December 2014, when responsibility for security in Afghanistan was transferred to the Afghan national defence and security forces.
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.
Launched in 2015, the mission consists of over 17,000 personnel from 39 NATO Allies and partners. Personnel operate across Afghanistan through a central command in Kabul, and four satellite centres in Mazar-e-Sharif in the north, Herat in the west, Kandahar in the south and Laghman in the east.
The Afghan forces are making progress, performing with professionalism and bravery across the country, and continuing to deny the insurgents their strategic goals. They are developing their combat capabilities, notably their Special Operations Forces and the Air Force.
To learn more about NATO's Resolute Support Mission, visit their website at www.rs.nato.int