Karzai names areas to be handed over to Afghan forces
‘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.’
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