Instead of trying to continue large U.S. counterinsurgency operations for as long as he can, Gen. John Allen, the supreme allied commander in Afghanistan, is accelerating a handover of responsibility to Afghan security forces.
April 23, 2012 Gen. John R. Allen, the supreme allied commander in Afghanistan, center, talks to U.S. Army Capt. Michael Stewart, commander of Able Company of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, which is part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Andar, Afghanistan. The unit was in the middle of a counter-Taliban operation in the Andar district of Ghazni province when Allen swooped in for a quick visit. The officers met in an adobe-walled housing compound. Rajiv Chandrasekaran/The Washington Post Buy Photo