US Marines, British combat forces officially end Afghan operations, prepare

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military.
The American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time Sunday at the regional headquarters of the international military, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban's radical Islamist regime launched America's longest war.
Camp Leatherneck, in the strategic southern province of Helmand, is the largest US base to be handed over to Afghan control as the coalition ends its combat mission. British forces transferred control of adjacent Camp Bastion at the same time.
The timing of the withdrawal of the troops was not released for security reasons.
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