Lieutenant General Nicola Zanelli from Italy becomes the new Deputy Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

  • 16 Dec. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 16 Dec. 2020 10:44

Today (16 December 2020), Lieutenant General Nicola Zanelli of the Italian Army assumed the position of Deputy Commander of the NATO-led mission Resolute Support, which trains, advises and assists the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. He took over from Lieutenant General Giles Hill of the British Army.

Lieutenant General Hill thanked Resolute Support Commander U.S. General Scott Miller for his leadership, and noted that thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of NATO Ally and partner-nation troops supporting their Afghan security forces, Afghanistan is closer to peace. 

Lieutenant General Zanelli reaffirmed the commitment of the Italian contingent to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. He stressed the importance of supporting Afghan security forces to maintain the gains made, as “a commitment due to the Afghan people and to our brothers in arms from all the contributing nations who have fallen and been wounded on the long path towards lasting peace in Afghanistan.”

At the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on 1-2 December 2020, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made clear that all Allies remain committed to the mission and to supporting Afghan security forces in the fight against terrorism. They also remain committed to contribute to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces throughout 2024.

Resolute Support was launched on Jan. 1, 2015, following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, after Afghan security forces assumed full responsibility for security.  The mission works closely with different elements of the Afghan Army, Police and Air Force. There are currently around 11,000 troops assigned to Resolute Support, with more than half coming from European NATO Allies and partner nations.