Responsibility of all military operations were officially handed over to the Afghan National Army (ANA) by the foreign forces in a ceremony on Sunday.
Afghan Corps commander of 205 Atal, General Abdul Hamid Hamid, said that all operations will be conducted by the ANA troops and the foreign forces will move into a supporting role.
Southern Kandahar province security officials said at the ceremony that the Afghan security forces, especially the ANA, was capable of conducting independent operations against the anti-government insurgents.
Hamid emphasised the importance of Afghans moving into the lead role in a country and culture of their own people.
"After this [handover ceremony], the responsibility of conducting operations will be our responsibility," he said.
"We know how to behave with our people's custom and culture, how to behave with our Elders, and we know how and where to operate. And in some places where there is no need for operation, we will not operate there."
Meanwhile Isaf Commander in South Zone General Hughes said that given the Afghan security forces ability to provide security and to conduct operations against armed opposition groups, so these responsibilities have been handed over them.
"I am rather proud that I'm here and the security forces will undertake these responsibilities. I am confident of the capability of the Afghan security forces," Hughes said.
He added that Afghanistan's enemies are trying to make the security situation in this field a challenge, but the national police and army are well-trained and equipped to respond to any threat of armed opposition.
The governors of the southern provinces also joined in welcoming the handover, saying they had looked forward to this day.
"Our Afghan dream has become a reality with all responsibility of the South Zone handed over to Afghan Forces. We are very happy," Kandahar governor Tooryalai Wesa said.
Some officials said that the handover will boost the confidence and national pride in the local population, creating an environment for more reconstruction and economic development.