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.
Afghan National Army officers plan which compounds to search with their British advisor prior to one of their most ambitious operations in the boundary areas between the districts of Nad ‘Ali, Nahr-e Saraj, and Lashkar Gah. Picture: Sergeant Wes Calder RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
Lashkar Gah was a volatile area when British troops arrived in 2006, but since ISAF’s involvement and the handover of control to Afghan National Security Forces, day-to-day elements such as being able to travel across the town have changed significantly for the better.
Catriona Laing arrived in Lashkar Gah in October 2010 and served as the area’s Stabilisation Advisor during the important transition of responsibility in July 2011. Although she left Helmand earlier this year, Ms Laing experienced for herself how the lives of local people have become far easier.
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