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As drawdown continues, Britain hands over bases to Afghan forces

Britain has handed over all but two of its remaining bases in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province to local forces as part of its planned full withdrawal by the end of 2014, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. In an operation lasting more than a month,the Lashkar Gah and Patrol Base Lashkar…

Roadside bomb kills Afghan police chief

A roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in southernAfghanistan, killing a district police chief and two of his bodyguards, authorities said on Monday. The blast happened late Sunday as the group drove from Lashkar Gah, the capital of troubled Helmand province, to Garmser district. “Mohammad Saifullah, the police chief of Garmser district in Helmand province,…

Roadside bombs kill 17 civilians in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH (Reuters) – Roadside mines killed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan Friday when a minibus and a tractor separately hit explosives in Helmand province, officials said, adding to a 2011 toll that is so far the deadliest for civilians in the decade-long war. The minibus was traveling from Nahr-e-Saraj…

Afghanistan announces crucial security handover

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan forces will take over security from NATO this summer in the capital of violence-wracked Helmand province and several other areas, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday. The move, 10 years after the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban regime in the wake of the September 11…

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