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The Way Ahead: Marines hand off war to Afghan troops

National forces still developing as U.S. draws down in Helmand province

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
noon, Sept. 1, 2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — As about half the Marine force in Afghanistan headed home this year, the rapid drawdown in the violent southwest of the country cast the endgame of the war and what many regard as its precarious footing into relief — the handoff to Afghan national security forces.

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