In the year since British troops formally handed responsibility for security in Lashkar Gah to Afghan forces, the positive changes in the district are obvious, according to a former Stabilisation Advisor for the area.
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Lashkar Gah transition one year on
With government structures in place the UK-led Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is concentrating on training and mentoring members of the district councils and line management, its head said yesterday.
Helmand reconstruction work moving quickly
Since responsibility for security in the town of Lashkar Gah was taken over by Afghan forces last week, soldiers from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS), alongside Afghan security forces, have been further strengthing security on the outskirts of the district.
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IN PICTURES: 4 SCOTS helps protect routes into Lashkar Gah
Security and governance have been brought to a previously contested area east of Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, following the first operation in the district to have been entirely planned and led by the Afghan National Police (ANP).
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Afghan Police plan and lead their first Helmand operation