More North Carolina-based Marines are headed to Afghanistan as U.S. and Afghan forces firm up their grip on an insurgent stronghold.
Elements of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, will deploy to southern Afghanistan on Friday. The deployment is part of a scheduled rotation.
Camp Lejeune 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 reclaim the town from insurgents.