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02-12-10, 05:37 PM #1
US Marines, Afghan troops attack Taliban-held town
NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan – Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Taliban-held town of Marjah before dawn Saturday, launching a long-expected attack to re-establish government control and undermine support for the militants in their southern heartland.
The attack on Marjah climaxed the biggest joint Afghan-international offensive of the war and is the largest combat operation since President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 U.S. reinforcements here last December to turn the tide of the war.
Marine commanders say they expect between 400 to 1,000 insurgents to be holed up inside this southern Afghan town of 80,000 people in Helmand province, including more than 100 foreign fighters. Marjah is the biggest southern town under Taliban control and the linchpin of the militants' logistical and opium-smuggling network.
"The first wave of choppers has landed inside Marjah. The operation has begun," said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, which was at the forefront of the attack.
US Marines, Afghan troops attack Taliban-held town - Yahoo! NewsDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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02-12-10, 09:41 PM #2
May their aim be true. Semper Fi.
02-13-10, 04:12 PM #3
Only trouble is the talibad will simply melt way into the populas.
This is a particulary frustrating and unwinable conflict. Very little direct confrontation very many dead from the cowardly IED.the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
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02-16-10, 12:34 PM #4
They seems to be doing well so far.
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