Brigadier Bob Bruce, commander of Task Force Helmand, said the capabilities of Afghan forces have "risen markedly" over the last eight to 12 months.
He told reporters: "The Afghans working with us now really are in control. The insurgency is still there. It's not gone but it doesn't dictate things."
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