Resolute Support

2015 – ongoing

The Republic of North Macedonia remains committed to its obligations and tasks as a member of the Alliance. As of 1 January 2015, our country, then a candidate country for membership in the largest military-political alliance – NATO, joined the NATO-led contribution to the peace mission in Afghanistan called “Resolute Support”.

The contribution to this peace mission is in accordance with the mission requirements and the available capacities of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, and the current contribution is with 37 military personnel, in cooperation with the US and Turkish forces, as follows:

  • staff officers and a non-commissioned officer in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Turkey in the Train Advise Assist Command (TAAC) – Capital in Kabul.
  • officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers in cooperation with the United States Armed Forces.

Our members have so far contributed to this mission in cooperation with the armed forces of the United States, the Republic of Turkey, the Federal Republic of Germany, and as part of the regional contribution in the A5 format, as follows:

  • force protection unit for the Resolute Support Mission Headquarters (in Kabul);
  • staff officers in the Resolute Support Mission Headquarters (in Kabul);
  • staff officers in cooperation with the forces of the Republic of Turkey in the Train Advise Assist Command (TAAC) – Capital (in Kabul);
  • staff officers and advisers in cooperation with the forces of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Train Advise Assist Command (TAAC) – North (in Mazār-i-Sharīf), and
  • staff officers as part of the US-Adriatic Charter Joint Contingent, in the Train Advise Assist Command (TAAC) – North (in Mazār-i-Sharīf).

Resolute Support Mission is a NATO-led non-combat mission that aims to assist Afghanistan in developing its defence capabilities and sustainable civil protection capabilities, in line with the principles of effective governance and the rule of law. The mission primarily focuses on training, advisory and assistance activities in the ministries and institutions of Afghanistan, i.e. support in the areas of operational planning, budget development, force generation processes, personnel management and development, logistics maintenance and civilian oversight. The size of the contribution varies according to the conditions and challenges on the ground with members from 38 NATO member states and partner countries.

Resolute Support Mission is a mission with a mandate to train, advise and assist the Afghan authorities, with a rapidly declining number of personnel compared to the ISAF mission. It was launched on 01.01.2015, i.e. after the end of the NATO-ISAF operation (on 31.12.2014), in order to enable further enhancement of the security and institutional capacities of Afghanistan. Currently, the mission’s military and civilian personnel provide training, advice and assistance to the Afghan partners on a day-to-day basis in areas critical for the overall functioning of the Government. This includes developing Afghan leadership, advising on reform and the fight against corruption, as well as training, advising and assisting the capacities of the Afghan Defence and Security Forces, for the purpose of controlling and protecting the territory of Afghanistan.