Afghan transition begins with a whimper amid attack fears

By REUTERS
July 17, 2011 12:56

 
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KABUL- Afghanistan began the long-publicized transition to control of its own security amid secrecy, not fanfare, on Sunday, a reminder of how volatile the country is even as NATO troop draw-downs get under way.

Ministers flew to central Bamiyan province, one of the most peaceful places in Afghanistan, for a ceremony that was not announced in advance, did not run live on any TV channel and to which only a small number of media outlets were invited.

NATO will hand security over to the Afghan police and army in a gradual process due to be completed by the end of 2014, paving the way for most foreign troops to return home.

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