Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy hands over base to Afghans

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 10 - The Italian military handed
over control of the northwestern Afghan district of Murghab to
local authorities on Monday.
"(The move) respects the timeline agreed to with the
government in Kabul and the NATO allies," said the 8th
Bersaglieri Regiment, which had been stationed at Columbus Base,
in a statement.
In its six months in the area, the regiment was attacked
repeatedly by insurgents.
Troops are being transferred to Camp Arena, the major base
in the western Herat province, as they await their return to
Italy in the next several days.
"The handover of an entire area of the Afghan security
forces, along with that of Gulistan in July, is confirmation of
(our) compliance with the transition timeline, and of the
acquired ability of Afghan forces to plan and conduct autonomous
operations to counter the insurgency," said the statement.

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