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Marine Raiders conduct 10-Day training exercise: RAVEN

Marine Raiders conduct a 10-day readiness exercise referred to as RAVEN, to enhance their readiness for worldwide deployment in support of global contingencies. During the exercise, the Critical Skills Operators and Special Operations Officers trained with conventional Marine Corps forces, and participated in a range of realistic military training including Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Preparation of the Environment, Security Force Assistance, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Foreign Internal Defense.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command personnel with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion conduct Direct Action training Oct. 25, 2014, here, during RAVEN 15-01, a 10-day exercise to enhance readiness for worldwide deployment in support of global contingencies. During the exercise, the Marines participated in a range of training including Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Security Force Assistance, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Foreign Internal Defense. (Official Marine Corps photo by Capt. Barry Morris/released)

The U.S. has officially ended the war in Afghanistan 

After 13 years of conflict, the United States and NATO have officially ended their war in Afghanistan Sunday by way of a symbolic ceremony at their joint military headquarters in Kabul. The Associated Press reports that Gen. John Campbell, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), rolled up the white and green ISAF flag and put in its place the new flag for the upcoming mission called Resolute Support.

The new mission will focus on a supporting role led by 13,500 troops — roughly 11,000 of which will be American — to begin Jan. 1, 2015 and “serve as the bedrock of an enduring partnership” between NATO and Afghanistan, Campbell told a room of reporters and diplomats. Resolute Support will be tasked with training and supporting Afghanistan’s military as the country pushes to make the final transition out of the war that’s occupied the country for the past 13 years.