Monday, November 28, 2011 – Afghan presidential palace office following a statement announced, the Afghanistan security council has approved the list of regions nominated for the second phase of security transition to Afghan security forces lead from the NATO-led International coalition forces.

By implementing the second phase of security transition, around 50% of the Afghanistan security responsibilities will be handed over to Afghan security forces.

This comes as the first round of security transition from the NATO forces to Afghan security forces began in July where at least 7 areas including four provincial capitals – Herat, Lashkar Gah, Mehterlam and Mazer-e-Sharif – as well as the provinces of Bamiyan, Panjshir and, most of Kabul was handed over to Afghan security forces.

The statement by president Hamid Karzai’s office further added, the nominated areas proposed by the security transition commission was approved by president Hamid Karzai during the national security council meeting.

Provinces like northern Balkh province, Daikundi province, Takhar province, Samangan province, Kabul and Nimroz provinces are going to be completely handed over to Afghan security forces.

Meanwhile, a number of other regions including Jalalabad city, Cheghcharan, Shebarghan, Faizabad, Ghazni, Maidan Shahr and Qala-e-Naw will also be covered under the second round of security transition.

Besides, a number of districts in Badakhshan province including Shahr-e-Bozorg, Yafta Payan, Arghanjkhwa, Baharak, Tashkan, Keshm and Argo as well as Abe Kamari district in Badghis province, Nawa, Nad-e-Ali and Marjah districts in Helmand province, all the districts of western Herat province excluding Shindand, Obe and Chest Sharif districts, Qarghai district in Laghman province, Koz Kunar, Kama and Sorkhrod districts in Nangarhar province, all the districts in Parwan province except Shinwari and Siyahgerd districts, all the districts of Sar-e-Pul province except Sayad and districts in the first part of Behsud, Jalriz and central Behsud in Maidan Wardak province will covered under the second phase of security transition.


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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.