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U.S. Marines Attack Taliban-Held City Of Marja

Nearly 8,000 U.S. and Afghan forces launched a well telegraphed offensive today to take back control of the central Helmand city of Marja, the military has confirmed.

U.S. Marines quickly moved to the outskirts of the city in the opening moments of the assault where heavy machine gun fire could be heard. Helicopters flew overhead and several missiles were seen launched towards the city, including one that targeted a group of people who were apparently planting a roadside bomb.

The immediate goal of the offensive, dubbed Operation Moshtarak is to seize Marja and the surrounding district of Nad-e Ali, home to as many as 125,000 civilians. It is suspected that anywhere from 400 to 1,000 hardcore insurgents are holed up in a town essentially run and controlled by the Taliban.

The offensive kicked off after the U.S. widely advertised that it was gearin

Added: Feb-13-2010 Occurred On: Feb-12-2010
By: marinemom
Afghanistan, News, Middle East
Tags: marja, afghanistan, USMC, U.S. Marines, Marines, taliban
Location: Marja, Helmand, Afghanistan (load item map)
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