The Danish contingent of peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan began their withdrawal from the country on July 22. As of August 1, only 300 of the 650 troops will continue to be stationed in Helmand Province. They will help ensure the departure of all western troops scheduled by the end of 2014.

Since 2002, writes Danish daily Berlingske, 43 soldiers have died and 211 were wounded in Afghanistan.

Yet, admits the paper, it is difficult to avoid the question of whether the effort was worth the price. But this is impossible to answer –

These 43 Danes did not die in vain... We cannot ignore the war or terrorism and offer only humanitarian aid once peace is established. [...] We have shown in practice that we dare to and can be there with the best to battle injustice. Danish soldiers deserve thanks for that.