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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.

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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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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

The Marines are increasing their numbers across Afghanistan and conducting joint patrols with Afghan police and soldiers


Footage of  U.S. Marines of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines (Reinforced) conducting Operation Eastern Resolve from Forward Operating Base Now Zad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Scenes include armored vehicles and helicopters conducting maneuvers.


The history of the US Marines started with fighting African pirates, and now a permanent US military presence in Somalia is the only solution to the modern piracy problem, says RTs military analyst Eugene Khrushchev