The governor of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province says security has improved since U.S. Marines replaced British troops in towns that have seen the most intense combat.
Gulabuddin Mangal said Wednesday during a visit to Britain that the U.S. had better resources and finances to deal with violence in and around the town of Sangin.
U.S. Marines took over responsibility for Sangin in September. British troops had fought there since 2006, suffering more than 100 deaths and enduring some of the bloodiest fighting of the Afghanistan war.
Mangal said that "by having the Marines of the U.S., we have got improved security now in some areas."
He said U.S. has "weaponry and finances" that most other nations are unable to match.