Brits rotate out of dangerous Afghan district – hand it to U.S.
Britain withdrew the last of its Royal Marines from the deadly Sangin District in Helmand Province on Monday, handing control over to American troops.
More than 100 British soldiers died in Sangin, nearly a third of that country’s casualties since 2001. British, Afghan and American military officials said the shift represented a routine battlefield rotation…
There are 9,500 British troops remaining in Afghanistan, the second largest component of the 150,000 coalition troops here. The United States recently completed an increase in its own forces to 100,000, the largest American force of the war. President Obama has promised to begin reducing American troops in Afghanistan beginning next July.
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