U.S. Marines Launch Operation Strike Of The Sword

Thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds
of Afghan troops are going after insurgents in southern

The military says Operation Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword,"
started at 1 a.m. local time Thursday and involves nearly 4,000
newly arrived Marines and 650 Afghan forces.

They've moved into Helmand province, which is a Taliban
stronghold. The region is also the world's largest opium poppy
producing area.

British forces last week led similar, but smaller, missions to
clear out insurgents in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar provinces.

Marines Corps Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson said in a statement
that Marines will hold the areas they take and transition security
to Afghan forces.

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  • by Minuteman Location: Temple, Texas on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Soldier haters can cry all they want, but they all know they will be kissing the feet of our soldiers when the soldiers rescue them from a bad situation. Please remember to wear your Soldier Hater t-shirt when you are trapped and waiting to be rescued!!! I'm sure our troops will have a sense of humor and rescue you anyway...
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Semper Fi. The Taliban are like cockroaches. They come out when it's dark (when our troops are not there) and they scatter when our troops show up. So much for them wanting to be martyrs. May God watch over our troops.
  • by soldierhater on Jul 2, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    What a way to celebrate the 4th of July. Good old american imperialism.

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