On Sunday, the United States and Britain handed over control to the Afghan military of military installations Leatherneck and Bastion in Helmand.
Writing for Washington Post’s Checkpoint, Dan Lamothe describes the significance of the handover:
The turnover of Camp Leatherneck leaves many troops who have been there with mixed feelings. Uneven results recently from the Afghan military still facing the Taliban in Helmand raise questions about what the region will look like without coalition involvement. The region is far from Kabul politically and geographically, And many wonder what their sacrifices ultimately will yield. But there’s also recognition that the U.S. had to turn Leatherneck over at some point.