London: About 8,000 British troops in Afghanistan have been placed under US command as part of a restructuring of NATO forces in the country.
The Ministry of Defense says US Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills will be the new commander of NATO forces in Helmand province, home to most of the British troops in Afghanistan.
The change is part of a decision by NATO to split its Regional Command South, which oversees 50,000 US, British, Canadian and other troops, into two separate commands.
Operations in the Nimroz and Helmand provinces will come under US command — Regional Command-Southwest — while forces in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul and Daikundi provinces will be led by a British commander.
The new structure will take effect this summer.