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NATO troops in Afghanistan sit down for Thanksgiving dinner
NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan marked Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner at their main headquarters in Kabul on Thursday (November 22). Soldiers ate at long tables in the mess hall, which was decorated in turkey motifs, fairy lights and tinsel. The mood among the diners was cheerful despite being far away from their loved ones. U.S. army staff sergeant Vanessa Pitt said it was the first time she had celebrated Thanksgiving away from her family, but that they knew she was helping to keep them safe by serving in Afghanistan. NATO ended its main combat operation in Afghanistan in 2014 and since then has provided training and assistance to Afghan security forces. A total of 39 countries contribute around 16,000 troops to the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission.