From TOM NEWTON DUNN,
Defence Editor, The Sun Newspaper,
in Marjah, southern Afghanistan
ROYAL Marines have smashed the most important Taliban stronghold yet in a ferocious three-day assault.
They killed 130 enemy in the daring raid on bases in the opium-swamped Marjah region of Helmand.
Six-hundred commandos fought to the limit of their endurance — sleeping just two hours a night — to avenge the deaths of 32 comrades during their six-month tour.
Our Boys suffered just two wounded compared to up to 300 injured insurgents.
After being air-dropped on top of the enemy, they battled for up to 12 hours a day.
They then yomped several kilometres at night to stun the Taliban in surprise morning attacks.
The marines of 3 Commando Brigade blasted through 25 tonnes of machine-gun and SA80 rifle ammunition.
They were backed by Apache and Cobra gunships, F16 jets, unmanned drones, battle tanks, 105mm artillery guns and 81mm mortar barrels.
The operation was a massive success.
Commanding officer Lt Col Charlie Stickland said: “My guys are brilliant. We’ve paralysed and shocked the enemy.”
Click to view image: 'Marines on the raid.'
In: Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: royal marines, afghanistan, combat, taliban
Location: Marjah, Helmand, Afghanistan (load item map)
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