Kabul: The Afghan government on Sunday announced that it is taking the lead from NATO-led troops for providing security in areas that will eventually make up 75 percent of the country`s population.
Ashraf Ghani, chairman of Afghanistan`s Security Transition Commission, today announced a list of areas where Afghan forces will take the lead from foreign troops.
He said the third phase of security transition should be complete in about six months.
Earlier stages put Afghans in control of areas representing 50 percent of Afghanistan`s population of more than 30 million.
The transition process is a key part of NATO`s exit strategy from Afghanistan. The fifth and last stage is to be completed by the end of 2014 — when most foreign combat troops will leave.
(With Agency’s inputs)