Some North Carolina-based Marines headed to Afghanistan to stop a resurgent Taliban have arrived.
Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson took control of Task Force Leatherneck's area of operations Saturday during a ceremony in Helmand province.
The Marines are part of a surge of forces to Afghanistan. The unit last deployed to Iraq in 2003.
About 8,000 Marines, some from North Carolina's Camp Lejeune, will be followed by an Army brigade, totaling about 4,000 troops, and 5,000 support forces.