Paris, December 23, 2014
31 December 2014 marks the end of Operation Pamir, the name given to the French military intervention in the Afghan theatre. So it is the end of an operation that will have left its mark on the French army, be it in terms of the number of troops engaged or of operational experience.
Over the past 13 years, French forces have carried out security actions, initially in the capital and then in the valleys of Surobi and Kapisa in the east of the country. Concurrently, they have supported the Afghan security forces in their training (Operation Epidote) and in combat (mentoring missions conducted by OMLTs, Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams).
At the end of 13 years of intervention, the French armed forces have thus contributed to the training of defence and security forces capable of independently confronting the security challenges Afghanistan faces.
French soldiers have accomplished the mission entrusted to them with courage and determination. Since 2001, more then 70,000 of them have been engaged in Operation Pamir. At the height of the operations, 4,000 soldiers were taking part. The commitment has cost 89 French soldiers their lives and injured more than 700./.