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Turkish army bids farewell to Camp Do?an in Afghanistan after 13 years

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have handed over Camp Do?an to Afghan government forces, marking its departure from the base it has been using in Kabul since 2002.

Turkish Maj. Gen. Mehmet Cahit Bak?r and Gen. Azizuddin Ayar, a representative of the Afghanistan Defense Ministry, as well as other Afghan officials, attended the ceremony.

The end of an unfinished war

The war in Afghanistan came to a formal end on Dec. 28, 2014, with a flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul. The symbolic act, which was held under heavy security measures due to threats of an attack, marked the conclusion of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom and the start of Operation Resolute Support.

Tattoos embody Afghan social revolution, but critics push back

Exposure to Western culture since 2001 has transformed Afghanistan's previously isolated society, and a love of tattoos has taken hold - despite inking parlours being illegal.

Under the Taliban's tough 1996-2001 regime, personal fashion statements were outlawed and police squads patrolled the streets looking for men who had beards that were too short or hair that was too long.

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