Marines Fight Insurgents in Marja, Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • From left to right, U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam C. Thompson, Sgt. Jorge A. Lopez, and Sgt. Sgt. Jonathan J. Sanabria take a moment to eat before departing for their mission to seize intersections of key roads linking the Taliban stronghold in the Marja area with the rest of Helmand province, Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010. U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Walter Marino
  • U.S. Marines prepare for their mission after convoying construction material for their upcoming mission in Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010. The Marines are assigned to Company A, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Walter Marino
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Keith B. Lawson and Lance Cpl. Spence G. Press work together to identify targets as Taliban fighters approach from Marja toward their position at the "Five Points" intersection, Feb. 9, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill
  • U.S. Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Villegas watches nearby farms for insurgent activity from a building rooftop in the center of "Five Points," a key intersection of roads linking the northern area of the insurgent stronghold of Marja with the rest of Helmand province, Feb. 9, 2010. Villegas is a radio operator assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Tutt  runs a wheelbarrow full of gathered cinderblocks back to his gun's location while Lance Cpl. Jutstin Hughes, a radio operator, provides security between firefights with Taliban insurgents, Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010, at the "Five Points" intersection. Marines of Company C conducted a helicopter-borne assault earlier that morning to seize the key intersection. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill
  • U.S. Marine Capt. Stephan P. Karabin gives directions to units on two different radios from a rooftop during a firefight at the center of “Five Points,” a key intersection of roads linking the northern insurgent stronghold of Marja with the rest of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010.  Karabin is the commanding officer of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill
  • An Afghan national army soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade at Taliban insurgents from firing on their position at the "Five Points" intersection, Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010. A group of ANA soldiers joined Marines as they conducted a helicopter-borne assault earlier that morning to seize the key intersection. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill
  • A U.S. Marine affixes a mortar round to his pack during a helicopter-borne assault to seize the "Five Points" intersection east of the insurgent stronghold of Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2010.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Tuthill