July 7th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

British forces hand Sangin district to Americans

British troops will pull out of the notorious Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province to allow U.S. Marines to take over, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Wednesday.

The British forces will redeploy to the central part of Helmand, leading the task force with Danish and Estonian troops there, while U.S. troops are positioned in the northern and southern parts, Fox said.

"This will simplify current command arrangements," Fox told the House of Commons. "The result will be a coherent and equitable division of the main populated areas of Helmand between three brigade-size forces."

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) closely consulted Britain about the plan, and British officials "fully support" it, Fox said.

"In Sangin, U.K. forces have made huge progress in the face of great adversity," he said. "The district center has been transformed. Helmand as a whole is a safer place as a result of our endeavors and sacrifices there."

Filed under: Daily Developments • Helmand • Troops
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. steve

    The Brits should come home from your war and a Royal Marine commando sent to your house to drag your sorry ass from your computer and have you sent out there to serve as a sandbag.

    August 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel-2

    Stop using my name and making ridiculous statements.

    July 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel-2

    He is fluent in many languages including gibberish and balderdash.

    July 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Response to Daniel-2

      He is studying Confucius he is already confused

      July 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Yes we must study gibberish and balderdash. It is the way of enlightenment.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JP

    WOW, do you all realize what you are saying? The Americans and British work together to fight this war. If you havent seen the amount of casualties taken from both ends and the amount of progress they have done, then maybe you should look before speaking. This is ridiculous. YOU PEOPLE TALKING BAD ABOUT EITHER SIDE SHOULD BE ASHAMED! THIS WAR IS BEING FOUGHT BY PARTNERS IN COALITION, NOT BY TWO SEPERATE SERVICES! THERE ARE MORE THAN JUST THE AMERICANS AND BRITISH FIGHTING THIS WAR! HOW ABOUT SUPPORT AND RESPECT RATHER THAN STUPIDITY AND RUDENESS???? LETS GROW UP AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, whether they be American, French, Polish, British, whatever they may be!!!! LOOK AT THE FACTS INSTEAD OF SAYING THE WRONG THINGS BEFORE YOU KNOW!!!!!!

    July 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      Once again i concur.

      July 10, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tricia

    Oh for goodness sake, both the American & British Soldiers are doing & have done a fabulous job in Afghanistan, All soldiers cope daily with everything that is thrown at them over there, so stop trying to divide them, They are all heroes and as such they deserve admiration and respect for their courage, How many of you people would risk your lives for people you do not know? Think before you try to belittle those poor soldiers who are fighting for a better world to live in..

    July 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Didn't the Russians do the very same thing there 30 years ago?They never got the respect they deserved so why should the British and Americans and other NATO forces???

      July 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Genni

    I thank the Briish forces for all they did in Sangin.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Well I don't,Genni.Don't you know that the British Empire was built on sheer greed?Read your history books!

      July 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    I am an american soldier in afghanistan and I just want to say I give it up to the british. They go out there with less protection and less weapons then we do and they get the damn job done. Im proud to be fighting this war along side all of the other countries especaially the british.........

    July 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      That made no sense at all try harder.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. naser from afghanistan

    Britons are poor in trainings and equipments. Their casualties are so high. They don't have enough helicopters and armoured vehicles. They just bring civilians vehilces and paint it military way. They are so cowards.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard James

      I'm sorry, But we have one of the best trained militaries in the world. Admitedly we don't fly our troops everywhere like the Americans BUT that's because we do not have as many Chinooks or Land Vehicles. We have suffered 300 casualties in Aghanistan I wouldn't call that a lot! Cowards, No one enters the military if they are cowards, and they don't rob civilian vehicles either, Our army is suficiently equiped, If they wanted more vehicles they would ask for them!

      July 8, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        You Brits may not be cowards but you definately are greedy.In fact,your own empire was built on sheer greed as history points out.That's the very reason the Revolutionary War was fought here in the U.S. between 1776 and 1783.

        July 8, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Not to mention the simple fact that they have absolutely no business whatsoever in Afghanistan in the first place!!!!!!!

      July 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook

        Neither did the Russians,so quit chastising NATO!

        July 8, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    Notorious? Does that mean there isn't a danish hockey ice ring built by American taxpayer dollars there? Does that mean there is no TIG nor Burger King's to feed the troops? Here in America the homeless veterans and their children sleep under bridges and eat moldy bread, but Republican Potty'ticians can fund ice hockey rinks for the troops in Afghanistan as shown by Rachel Maddow last night. A utter disgrace and corrupt use of American taxpayer dollars.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom Posey

    Actually,the British have no more business there than the rest of us nor the Russians before them and that's that!

    July 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |

      What do you mean us? Pakistani forces are not deployed in Afghanistan. Keep your nose out of other peoples business.

      July 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |

        That was very funny,Funny boy.Now please stop posting under my name.Your cooperation will be appreciated to the fullest in this.After all this obnoxious war is no joke.

        July 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Just stop it will you. This stupid bickering with yourself is foolish and completely tasteless.

        July 9, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. BuckBlack

    "Does this mean that we'll have to fight Britain's battles,too?Can't they hold their own anymore?"

    "The Brits cant take the heat, so just send the Americans to do there work for them!"

    If I had my way, British forces would leave altogether (instead of merely being redeployed). If you can't fight your own damned wars, you shouldn't start them.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shifty P.

    Oh great, thats just perfect. The Brits cant take the heat, so just send the Americans to do there work for them ! thats BS. at least they know who to call on to get the job done.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      I volunteer you to take the heat. The Royal Marines just can't do it because they don't have a man of your courage.

      August 9, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jesse Cook

    Does this mean that we'll have to fight Britain's battles,too?Can't they hold their own anymore?

    July 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard James

      That's outragous! We have fought and died there! We have completed our task and since you have 20,000+ Troops where as we have 8000; It makes sense for you to go and hold the fort while we go and secure the remaining part of Helmand!

      How can you be so rude and disrespectful, we are Fighting this war together, Just because we have fewer men doesnt mean that we are any less than you! I hope the rest of America isn't as Ignorant as you!

      And I also don't understand how you think America always has to save the day where as America in reality is a tyrant and SOME of it's people (you're one of them) Are just so oblivious and overly patriotic, open your eyes, you're blinkered to what happens beyond you'r eown coastline; the world could plot Amricas down fall and you would wouldn't even know it!

      July 8, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Why can't some of your Americans open your eyes. The Brits have only 7,000 men in the area so althought they are constantly on patrol pushing thr Taliban out of areas they do not have enough personel to hold the ground they take. The Brits have been fighting in the most troublesome spots for the last 5 years its about time the Yanks took on some of the fighting! The fact is the Americans when they move in will have 3 times as many troops so will be able to saturate the area with men. The anti british comments on here are a kick in the teeth to the 300 men and counting who have lost their lives in Afganistan. The Brits are merely leaving one area to go and fight in central Helmand which may be a smaller land area but is as 'hot' a place as any in Afganistan and will be doing just as much fighting as the Americans.

      July 9, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      " WE'LL have to fight." I highly doubt YOU'LL be fighting anyone. The Brits should come home from your war and a Royal Marine commando sent to your house to drag your sorry ass from your computer and have you sent out there to serve as a sandbag.

      August 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |