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DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess, U.S. Navy. (Released)

U.S. Marine Corps lieutenants with Golf Company keep an eye out for aggressors during a training exercise at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain Training Center at The Basic School at Camp Barrett, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on March 3, 2010.    DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess, U.S. Navy. (Released)

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NATO said it hoped to secure the area in days, set up a local government and rush in development aid in a first test of the new U.S. strategy for turning the tide of the eight-year war. The offensive is the largest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Taliban appeared to have scattered in the face of overwhelming force, possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later to foil the alliance’s plan to stabilize the area and expand Afghan government control in the volatile south. blog it

One of the biggest helicopter assaults in British military history has been launched against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Royal Welsh took the lead with their troops and Afghan partners flying at only 500ft above the desert, landing at a series of specified targets in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand under cover of darkness.
The Coldstream Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Welsh have all been on the ground testing the Taliban positions and trying to get the message out to local people that the battle is about restoring order and allowing normal government to develop.

Read More Here: Sky News

U.S. and coalition forces have pressed a major offensive against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. As Mandy Clark reports, Taliban is certainly not giving up without a fight.


US Marines encounter little resistance as they enter the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.


More than 1000 British troops are engaged in the fiercest military offensive on the Taliban since the war in Afghanistan began.


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Roughly 15,000 American, Afghan and NATO forces began an assault late Friday on the Taliban in the central Helmand town of Marjah in what senior military commanders are calling the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war.

Detecting multiple layers of insurgent defenses encircling the city, Cobra helicopters fired Hellfire missiles at tunnels, bunkers, and other defensive positions. Militants also flooded the main canal at the town’s entrance, making it more difficult for U.S.-led forces to enter on foot. blog it


British troops are engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as Operation Moshtarak gets under way.
Operation Moshtarak – which means ‘together’ in the Dari language – will involve around 15,000 International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) and Afghan National Army troops.
The Ministry of Defence said Moshtarak was the first part of a three-stage plan to increase security in Afghanistan.

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The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Iraqi leaders amid growing tensions over plans to ban election candidates because of suspected links to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place. blog it


Afghan National Police officers and U.S. Marines cross a river during a security patrol in the Garmsir district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan Sept. 12, 2009.

Afghan National Police officers and U.S. Marines cross a river during a security patrol in the Garmsir district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan Sept. 12, 2009.

Afghan National Police officers and U.S. Marines cross a river during a security patrol in the Garmsir district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan Sept. 12, 2009. The Marines, who are assigned to Military Police Company, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, are deployed with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to train and mentor ANP in counterinsurgency operations. (DoD photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
Photographer’s Name: Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

Location: Garmsir


Marines Making Progress in Helmand

Tough conditions have tested Marines during counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province. The Marines are working to gain the trust of Afghans in the area and have made significant progress. Produced by Cpl. Aaron Rooks for 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade .


(DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Phillip Elgie, U.S. Marine Corps/Released) Photographers Name: LCpl. Phillip Elgie

(DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Phillip Elgie, U.S. Marine Corps/Released) Photographer's Name: LCpl. Phillip Elgie

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Rudy Chavez provides security during a patrol in the Nawa district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan Sept. 5, 2009. Chavez is assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which is deployed with Regimental Combat Team 3 to conduct counterinsurgency operations in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces in southern Afghanistan.

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The defense secretary went as far as to ask the AP to reconsider distributing the photo of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has harshly criticized the decision by the Associated Press to distribute a photograph of
a Marine who was fatally wounded in Afghanistan — even after the young man’s father called the wire service and asked that
the photo not be released.
But the Associated Press defended its decision, saying it reached it after
“a period of reflection.”
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In the early morning desert heat, a squad of infantry Marines patrols through a seemingly empty field in the southern Helmand Province. Without warning, they start taking heavy fire from a distant compound. To overwhelm the enemy, the patrol leader calls for indirect fire support.
Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Flynn
Regimental Combat Team 3

CAMP BARBER, Afghanistan-Marines with Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, fire a 200-pound rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a test-fire at Camp Barber, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2009. The HIMARS is a mobile rocket system used by the El Paso, Texas-based reserve battery, which is here to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Afghanistan as a fire support asset.<br /> SPMAGTF-A's mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operatio
Cpl. Stauffer, 2/15/2009 10:15 AM

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