Final Helmand district in UK operational area enters transition process
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday the list of areas in the country that will make up the third of five tranches of transition of security responsibility from ISAF to Afghan forces.
President Karzai said that this third tranche will mean Afghanistan’s own forces will take lead responsibility for security in a further 122 areas across the country, including Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province where British forces operate.
Yesterday’s announcement means that Afghan forces will soon have lead security responsibility in areas home to 75 per cent of Afghanistan’s population.
By the middle of 2013 all of Afghanistan will have begun the transition process, which is on track to complete by the end of 2014 when our combat mission will end.
For more on the transition process see the ‘Transition in Afghanistan explained’ article in Related News.
This latest announcement demonstrates the continuing progress in the development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Training the Afghans to manage security across the country is the focus of ISAF forces.