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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