Lejeune Marines Fanning Out Across Afghanistan

Some 7,000 new U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama are fanning out across the country's dangerous south on a mission to defeat an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.

Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Abe Sipe says 7,000 troops from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade are now in the country. The brigade is based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Marines represent the first wave of 21,000 troops ordered to
Afghanistan this summer. Most of the buildup will take place in Helmand and Kandahar.

The two southern provinces lie at the heart of the insurgency and are close to the border with Pakistan, where the Taliban's top leadership is believed to be based.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    you should be happy that you have the freedom to say things like that... my husband is over there fighting for your freedom to have that right...
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 8, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    I wonder how many of these Marines will die in Obama's War. All he is inviting is a Viet Nam type of War. All these Terroist Cells are in a safe haven called Packistan. They are not in Afganistan. Unless Obama gets the go to attack these Terroists Cells where they call home Packistan. Obama is going to get the greatest Gorilla War since 1964- 1974 it will just come down to body counts again.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Talk about no exit strategy! Either send enough troops in to do the job, remove the troops there, or bomb them into oblivion. White House incompetence should not cost more American blood. If we are negotiating with, apologizing to and compromising with Muslims of which according to Obama "we are not at war with Islam"; why are we there? If there is no war against radical Islam, get our soldiers out. Wake up America! Look around.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    I'm sure we will sleep safer tonite knowing this.
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