Spanish troops lowered their flag Friday at their base in western Herat province, ending their 14-year mission, with a ceremony presided over by Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.
Nonetheless, Spain will honor its commitment to Afghanistan by leaving 25 soldiers in Kabul at the general barracks of the international mission led by NATO.
Accompanied by Defense Chief of Staff Adm. Fernando Garcia Sanchez and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jaime Dominguez Buj, the deputy prime minister praised the troops for their work in missions abroad.
About Afghanistan she recalled the more than 100 troops who died during the mission and said it is impossible to forget that the army came “to a war that demanded the greatest efforts right up to the ultimate consequences.”
Since the mission was launched in January 2002, close to 30,000 Spanish troops have served in Afghanistan.