Resolute Support Commander Delivers Ramadan Message

Gen. John Nicholson, commander, Resolute Support delivers a holy-month message for Afghanistan during the Ramadan season.
17 May 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan --The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission Commander, Gen. John Nicholson, delivered a holy-month Ramadan message for Afghanistan.

Nicholson highlighted the bravery of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who continue to fight for stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, and encouraged Taliban forces to accept the Afghan government’s offer and the Afghan people’s demands for peace.

His full speech can be found below:


"To the noble people of Afghanistan,

Ramazan Mubarak!

I am General John Nicholson, Commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. On behalf of our coalition nations, I want to congratulate you, your families, the noble people of Afghanistan, Muslim communities in our countries, and the peace loving Muslim nations around the world for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. We, the international community and coalition forces, wish you and your families a joyful and peaceful holy month of Ramadan.

While you, the noble people of Afghanistan, practice the holy month of Ramadan with prayer, donation, devotion, and praying for peace, your National Defense and Security Forces are defending your country and fighting for peace. These brave men and women are the true heroes of your nation, who continue to sacrifice and put their lives on the line to protect you, your families, and to provide a prosperous and peaceful future for this country.  Your heroic
Security Forces are not just fighting for your country, but they are also fighting on behalf of all humanity, against international terrorism.

In this holy month of Ramadan, we encourage all armed Taliban to accept the offer of His Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and join in peace talks, for a better future for their children and the noble people of this great nation. 

We, the coalition forces, greatly appreciate your hospitality, and we are fully committed to stand with you in our joint struggle for peace, prosperity, and freedom in Afghanistan. We are with you and we will stay with you!

Once again, happy Ramadan and have wonderful holy days!” 


Nicholson’s message can be viewed and the high resolution video downloaded in English, Dari and Pashto translations at the following links:

English -

Dari -

Pashto -

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.  Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.


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