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Special Report

Dec. 14, 2009

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Marines Provide Town Hall Security

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2010 – U.S. Marines provided security as about 800 Garmsir district residents in Helmand province, Afghanistan, attended a community meeting called a “shura," called to discuss allegations that a Quran had been desecrated. Story

Marines Rescue Afghan
Army Vehicle From Ditch

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2010 – Working together, U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers latched cables to a truck and carefully towed it from a canal. Story

Marines Draw Out Taliban in Helmand

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 22, 2010 – A company of Marines with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and the Afghan soldiers attached to them, are driving out the Taliban in southern Helmand province. Story

U.S. Marine, Afghan NCOs Lead Troops

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2010 - Two men donned flak jackets and Kevlar helmets here Jan. 15 -- one set coyote brown, the other forest green, each with an emblem of their nation. Story

Marines Build Observation
Posts Along Infamous Road

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2010 – A Marine combat engineer battalion hopes to decrease the threat of roadside bombs along the road known as "Route Cowboys" by building observation posts. Story

Marines Send Taliban Into Hiding

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2009 – When the Marines and sailors of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, came to the Now Zad region in Afghanistan, the message they received from outgoing units was simple: Beware of the village of Changwalak. Story

Marines Blast Through Now Zad
With Assault Breacher Vehicles

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 13, 2009 – A vehicle that looks like a hybrid of a tank and bulldozer comes to a stop. An enormous blast shrieks through the air and delivers 1,750 pounds of C4 on the road ahead. Story

Cobra's Anger: Marines
Assault Into Now Zad

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 13, 2009 – After many months of planning, the Marines of Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment arose to Afghanistan's 3 a.m. cold winter chill to kick off Operation Cobra's Anger. Story

Marines Clear Taliban Stronghold During Operation Cobra's Anger

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 13, 2009 – Once an urban district and home to thousands, "The Greens," an area within the Now Zad region of Afghanistan quickly became a ghost town, when Taliban fighters procured the area from which to launch combat operations. Story

Marines Offense Gives
Afghan City Second Chance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2009 – A battalion of Marines in southern Afghanistan now has the upper hand in a city they believed to be a Taliban stronghold, said a senior Marine Corps officer in Helmand province. Story

Marines Start Operations
In Helmand Province

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 – More than 1,000 International Security Assistance Force troops are partnering with Afghan forces to begin a large-scale operation in northern Helmand province. Story