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    US base control transferred to Afghan army (Video)

    JALALABAD (PAN): US troops handed over the affairs of a military base in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, to Afghan security forces at a ceremony on Wednesday.

    The US flag on the base was replaced with Afghanistan’s at the ceremony marking the symbolic transfer to 201st Selab Military Corps deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Yar Mohammad Saeedi, and Deputy Governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal.

    Gen. Saeedi told the ceremony on the airfield that the base named after an American soldier, Hughie, had 47 residential blocs, electricity system, kitchens and other facilities.

    He said an Afghan National Army’s battalion would be stationed at the base soon, claiming Afghan forces had developed self-confidence and they could defend the country.

    He added foreign troops would hand over more bases to Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan in the third phase of security transition.

    Saeedi urged the international community to strengthen the Afghan air force ahead of 2014 when most of foreign troops are scheduled to leave the country.

    The deputy governor said Afghan forces had the capability of guarding the country’s borders. Gardiwal added Nangarhar was ready for the third phase of transition.

    PAJHWOK/Babrak Amirzada