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British forces begin their handover to Afghan forces
2 April 2013
Last updated at 12:20
After 13 years in Afghanistan, British forces are preparing to leave next year by increasingly handing control to their Afghan colleagues.
The Royal Marines in action, they have played a key role in the 13 years British forces have been in Afghanistan, fighting in some of the most dangerous areas. They recently left the country for the final time.
In recent years the British forces focus has been on training, mentoring and guiding Afghanistan's own security forces, now the shift is that they start fighting on their own.
The Afghan security forces will continue to be assisted throughout the transition if needed. British troop numbers are due to drop from 9,000 to 5,200 by the end of the year, large amounts of equipment are due to be airlifted out the country in the coming months.
441 British military personnel have been killed since the conflict began in 2001. In 2009, the conflicts deadliest year, 108 were killed compared to 44 in 2012.
The Afghan police have been working to maintain local security, here they burn 18 tons of drugs after a raid aided by British forces. They have at times been crippled by corruption, leading to a series of insider attacks, known as 'green on blue' attacks, targeting their mentors.
As the threat changed in Afghanistan the equipment had to as well. This is the Foxhound, it's the latest protection against improvised explosive devices, or roadside bombs.
From now on Afghan forces will be left to deal with security issues on their own, but with support from their British colleagues if they need it.
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