PUL-I-KHUMRI - The security responsibility for seven bases in the Dand-i-Shabudin area of northern Baghlan province was transferred to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) from US Special Forces on Monday, officials said. Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and local police forces replaced Americans on the bases, Col. Sayed Zamanudin Hussaini, the provincial deputy police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. About 30 local policemen were stationed on each base.
The handover happened after capacity of local police improved, US Special Forces commander for the area, Capt. Karris, told journalists at the change-of-command ceremony.
Up to 350 local police had been trained and equipped by US forces for the security transfer, he said, claiming Afghan forces were capable of maintain security in the area.
Afghan army commando, Capt. Mohammadullah, said local police had been helpful in maintaining security over the past one year. However, he did not provide any figure for army commandos stationed on the bases.
Tribal leader Arbab Sardar said they were happy with the change, hoping the development would help improve the security situation.