US troops in Afghanistan have transferred a key base of operations to the 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan National Army in Helmand province. Without changing the name, the camp will be used as a base for Afghan special operations forces.
The camp is named after Sergeant Christopher Antonik, a member of the US Marine Corps MTR, who was killed at the Battle of Helmand in 2010.
Now there are between 2,500 and 3,500 US troops and around 7,000 NATO troops left in Afghanistan. The last foreign military personnel are expected to leave the country at the end of the summer, but as we have published in other posts, the uniformed men are leaving but the mercenary contractors will stay.