Camp Lejeune Marines Involved In Afghan Offensive; One Killed

North Carolina-based troops were in the middle of a major operation in Afghanistan that the Marines called the largest Marine offensive since the one in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.

Officials said one Marine was killed Thursday and several others wounded. The dead marine wasn't identified immediately.

Nearly 4,000 Marines are involved and are commanded by Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson of the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Marines from Camp Lejeune and soldiers from the combat aviation brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg were involved.

About 7,000 Marines from Lejeune were deployed as part of the new force of 21,000 troops ordered by the president. About 2,800 aviation soldiers from the 82nd also are in Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Nothing like celebrating another "bow to the troops" holday than with a touch of good ol' American war mongering and imperialism.
  • by MarineMom Location: jacksonville on Jul 2, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    Being the Mother of 2 Marine Sons myself in which both are stationed in afganistan right now I know this would be my worst nightmare come true therefore my thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.
  • by MarineVetMom Location: Pantego on Jul 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM
    I pray that God watches over these brave warriors and keeps them safe. I also pray that their families will find strength and comfort.
  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    My prayers are with each and every one of these brave men and women. For the families, keep your faith. My prayers are with you, too!

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