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Afghans Take Over Country's Security

Afghanistan assumed full responsibility for security from departing foreign combat troops on Thursday, a day after Afghan army mortar shells killed at least 20 civilians attending a wedding party in volatile southern Helmand province. The move will test the readiness of 350,000 Afghan forces who will bear responsibility for fighting increasingly organized Taliban insurgents. The U.S.-led coalition troops formally ended their combat mission more than 13 years the Islamist Taliban...

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