Tue Apr 29,
KABUL (AFP) - US Marines pushed into a stronghold of extremist Taliban resistance in southernmost Afghanistan Tuesday in their first major operation since deploying to Afghanistan last month.
The Marines, supported by British soldiers based in the southern province of Helmand, launched the operation Monday to "enhance security" in the district of Garmser, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
Garmser in southern Helmand is an area of difficult desert terrain that extends down to the Pakistan border across which Taliban reinforcements and weapons are said to arrive to enter a growing insurgency.
Soldiers with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in the neighbouring province of Kandahar, were airlifted into forward bases in the area last week or moved in on convoys, ISAF said.
From there they launched the operation named Azada Wosa, whi
In: Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, Helmand, Garmsir, USMC, US Marines, Operation Azada Wosa, ISAF, British Army
Location: Garmsir, Helmand, Afghanistan (load item map)
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