Afghan President Hamid Karzai has announced seven areas of the country which will pass from control by foreign troops, into Afghan hands this July. The areas are home to about a fifth of the population, and the handover is seen as a critical step in a transition of power, taking place before foreign troops end combat operations at the end of 2014.
One of the cities expected to be handed over is Lashka Gahr, the capital of the Taliban stronghold, Helmand Province. The BBC's Quentin Sommerville takes us there.
This segment aired on March 24, 2011.