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Karzai names areas to be handed over to Afghan forces

March 22, 2011

‘Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has named seven areas of the country which will pass from control by foreign troops into Afghan hands in July. They are the relatively peaceful provinces of Kabul, Panjshir and Bamiyan and the cities of Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Mehterlam. But he also named Lashkar Gah, capital of the volatile Helmand province.

The handover is seen as a critical step in a transition of power before foreign troops end combat operations in 2014.

“The people of Afghanistan don’t want that foreigners take responsibility for security any more,” President Karzai said.

The handover process will begin in July, when the first foreign troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan. After that the primary role of foreign troops in these areas will be the training and equipping of Afghan security forces, he said.’

To read the rest of this BBC News article, click on the image below to take you to the BBC News Asia website.

ANA troops in training at the Infantry Battle School, Kabul. Click on this image to take you to the BBC News South Asia webpage.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    March 22, 2011 15:24

    this is all due to our soldiers. thank you. god bless and keep safe. xo

  2. March 22, 2011 19:10

    First thought: It is so nice of President Kazai to state that the people of Afghan don’t want ‘Foreign Troops’ to take responsibility for security in their country…I think he should have first of all THANKED the troops for being there, building his country ie schools/roads (not to mention insurgents/taliban and continued financial support – he is not paying for the training or equipment)

    Like Jack above said, this is down to our soldiers (Nato/Isaf) – but let us not forgot our lost hereos, our maimed and their families and the families of all troops deployed and deploying as there are still years ahead of us.

    That man makes me so annoyed.

    As always, so VERY PROUD OF OUR TROOPS. God Bless All.

    PS. Wonder if our country will ever get a share of the ‘millions’ found in minerals in Afghan?

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