The BBC's Jonathan Beale is at the handover ceremony
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Afghanistan: NATO hands over Bamiyan province to local police

Nato has handed over control of the central Afghan province of Bamiyan to Afghan security forces.

It is the first of seven areas to be passed to local troops under a plan announced by President Karzai in March.

Bamiyan is one of the country's most secure provinces but it is a poor region, heavily reliant on foreign aid.

The handover is seen as a critical step in a transition of power before foreign troops end combat operations in 2014.

Jonathan Beale reports from the ceremony, taking place in relative secrecy for security reasons.

  • 17 Jul 2011
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