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International forces hand over province to Afghan security

International forces in Afghanistan handed over control of a province yesterday, taking another step in a transition that will allow foreign troops to withdraw in full by the end of 2014.

Bamiyan province is one of seven areas going to Afghan security control this month in a first round of the transition.

Another, Panjshir province in the east, began being transferred earlier this month.

Afghan and NATO troops killed at least 13 Taliban fighters yesterday, and three NATO members were killed in roadside bomb attacks.

Irish Independent