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By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer
Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts.
Nimroz and Helmand, bordering provinces along Afghanistan’s southern tip, comprise Regional Command–Southwest, the primary area of operations for the Marines. But while Helmand province —and particularly the districts of Marjah and Sangin — has been one of the most kinetic, insurgent-dense regions over the course of the war, the less-populous Nimroz has required less effort and attention from Marines.
U.S. military officials in Afghanistan told Marine Corps Times in late 2012 that Nimroz was well underway in its transition to Afghan control, and required only limited support from Marines.