Afghanistan: Britain hands occupation over to US

Independent [UK]

” Britain has handed over the Nato command in Afghanistan to the United States as the country enters what is expected to be a decisive round of fighting in the war with the Taliban. General Dan McNeill took over from General David Richards on the day that a senior Taliban commander Mullah Ghaffar, who had overrun the Helmand town of Musa Qala, was killed in a Nato air strike.The capture of Musa Qala was seen as a serious blow to British strategy in Afghanistan. An agreement under which troops withdrew in return for local elders guaranteeing security was lauded by UK officials as a model for future deals.” (02/05/07)


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