Italian troops hand Farah base to Afghans
'Mission accomplished' say military sources29 October, 16:37
Italian military sources said Rome's mission there had been "accomplished".
Some 800 soldiers are coming home as part of a drawdown agreed with NATO allies.
Italy put 4,100 troops in Afghanistan when it joined the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2004 and now has around 3,000 there.
It has lost 53 men, mostly to Taliban attacks.
Italy plans to leave 1,800 troops in Afghanistan by the first quarter of next year.
Rome will maintain a presence in Afghanistan after 2014 through a support mission, involving 59 countries, where it will assist with business training and other forms of support excluding law enforcement.