Afghan Flag Raised After Marine Takeover

Marines say for the first time the Afghan national flag has been raised in former Taliban-held territory.

Afghan officials hoisted the flag over the remains of a 300-year old fort in the southern reaches of Helmand Province.

Camp Lejeune Marines seized power in that area last week.

"The number one question we get from the people is, 'when are you leaving?'" said Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commanding general of Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan. "The answer is we're not leaving until the transition for security is made to the provincial government, to include the Afghan forces."

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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    My question is "Why do the U.S Marines need to take this real estate? Where are the Afghan forces?" Who's to say after the Afghan officials take over the Taliban won't just waltze in and take it back? Seems like the Afghans take their lessons from the French!
  • by Go Navy Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    Freedom is always good when others are paying for it. Let those who despise the USA pay for it and see how quick it comes.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Semper Fi' Marines

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