The British Ministry of Defense said its forces operating in Afghanistan turned over a patrol base in Helmand province to their Afghan counterparts. The handover is part of a strategy to diminish the British troop presence in the province.
International forces in Afghanistan are shifting their obligations from combat to training as Afghan forces assume more security responsibilities in the country.
A mid-September report from the British Foreign Ministry said Afghan force capabilities "are not yet fully developed or completely sustainable."
The ministry said its forces no longer provide routine support for Afghan forces operating in the area. The Afghan National Civil Order Police now control a base and so-called Route 611 from northern Helmand to Lashka Gah, the provincial capital.
"Security along the route is key to the freedom of movement for locals, which in turn promotes governance and economic development," the Ministry of Defense said.
International forces in Afghanistan aim to end their operations by next year.
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