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Afghanistan Security Transition Moves into Second Phase

Magazine article Army

Afghanistan Security Transition Moves into Second Phase

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The second stage of transition of security from American troops to Afghan security forces commenced in December as the United States began drawing down its forces.

When stage-two is complete, Afghan security forces will oversee an area that includes roughly 50 percent of the nation's population. Stage-two includes some or all of 18 provinces, most of them in the north and west. The initial transfer of seven geographical areas was completed in July 2011.

As the transition progresses, 10,000 U.S. forces will have redeployed by the end of December. The United States projects withdrawing another 33,000 by the end of 2012, while shifting its focus from southern Afghanistan to Regional Command-East (RC-E).

In a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon, MG Daniel Allyn, commanding general of RC-E, said the main effort there "continues to be partnership with, and development of, the Afghan security forces to achieve security primacy for the approximately 7.5 million Afghans in the 14 provinces." He noted that his troops partner with 68,000 Afghan security forces and that he is "seeing tangible progress in the Afghan security forces and provincial government capacity."

MG Allyn also pointed out that the arrival of an expeditionary sustainment command to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan led by LTG Daniel P. Bolger will help logistics development for Afghan security forces.

In answer to a question about the importance of night raids - one of the sticking points in reaching a security agreement with Afghanistan - MG Allyn said the targeting of insurgent network leaders is a vital component of his efforts, posing minimal risk to civilians. …

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