BY YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
BOLDAK, Afghanistan—One after another, lumbering jets taking off from Camp Bastion, the giant coalition base in Afghanistan's most violent province of Helmand, flew over the heads of Marines patrolling this village of mud compounds and poppy fields.
This area was largely uninhabited desert when Camp Bastion was established in 2006, a location that allowed the troops to spot hostile intruders from miles away. Not anymore: when the Taliban breached the base's defenses last month, they blended in among the thousands of farmers who have flocked to this part of Helmand as an unintended consequence of Afghanistan's opium-eradication campaign.
Tags: Afghanistan, Occupation, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, terrorist, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda
Location: Afghanistan (load item map)
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