Lejeune Marines Deploy Today

More North Carolina-based Marines are headed to Afghanistan as U.S. and Afghan forces clear suspected insurgent neighborhoods in a NATO offensive to reclaim a southern town.

Elements of the 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, will deploy on Thursday. It is a scheduled deployment.

The Marines were part of the first wave sent to Afghanistan in President Barack Obama's planned increase of 30,000 troops. Since arriving, the Marine and Afghan units launched an offensive in Marjah to retake the town.

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