Transition Tranche 1
On 22 March 2011, President Karzai announced the first set of Afghan provinces and districts to start transition. This decision was based upon operational, political and economic considerations, drawing on the assessment and recommendations of the Afghan government and NATO/ISAF through the Joint Afghan-NATO Inteqal Board (JANIB).
Transition Tranche 2
On 27 November 2011, following the decision-making process above, President Karzai announced the second set of Afghan provinces, districts and cities for transition implementation.
Transition Tranche 3
On 13 May 2012, President Karzai announced the third set of areas to enter the transition process, covering over 75 per cent of the Afghan population. This decision marked the beginning of transition in every one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, including every provincial capital, covering almost two-thirds of the country's districts.
Transition Tranche 4
On 31 December 2012, President Karzai announced the fourth group of Afghan provinces, cities and districts to enter the transition process. With this decision, 23 provinces out of 34 have fully entered transition and 87 per cent of the population now lives in areas where ANSF is in the lead for security.
Transition Tranche 5
On 18 June 2013, President Karzai announced the launch of the fifth and final tranche of transition. Once this decision has been fully implemented, the 11 remaining provinces will fully enter into transition and Afghan forces will be in the lead for security across the whole country.
Inteqal: Transition to Afghan lead
Inteqal – the Dari and Pashtu word for transition – is the process by which the lead responsibility for security in Afghanistan is gradually being transitioned from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the Afghan National Security Forces. Implementation is well underway with Afghan forces taking the lead for security for around 87 per cent of the Afghan population. The aim is for Afghan forces to have full responsibility for security across the country by the end of 2014. This target was set at the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon and confirmed by Allied leaders at the Chicago Summit in May 2012.
Last updated: 18-Jun-2013 11:42
- NATO Secretary General welcomes Afghan transition announcement
NATO Secretary General reviews transition progress in Helmand
05 Mar. 2013
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Helmand Province on Tuesday 5 March to see the progress being made in the transition to Afghan security responsibility. “Two years ago, the transition to Afghan security responsibility began and in less than two years from now, Afghan forces will be fully responsible for Afghanistan’s security. Every province. Every district. Every village. And every valley,” said the Secretary General. “This is a great responsibility, but Afghanistan’s forces have shown they can do the job, and they can know they will continue to have our full support.”
ISAF Defence Ministers prepare for transition milestone
22 Feb. 2013
Defence Ministers from NATO and partner nations assessed the progress made since the transition to Afghan security responsibility began two years ago, and looked ahead to future tasks at a meeting in Brussels on 22 February. “There have been challenges. But in those two years we have made real progress,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.