Salerno base, the largest military facility in Khost province, has recently been handed over to the Afghan National Security Forces.
The move is part of the complete security transition to Afghans by the end of 2014. Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi said Afghan forces would benefit from taking charge of the facility, a statement issued from the governor’s office said.
The base has many facilities, including an airfield that was earlier used by US-led coalition troops. The ANSF have continuously increased their capabilities and professionalism, hence assuming a greater role as security providers.