Marines Clearing Last Taliban Pockets In Marjah

Marines are starting a push to clear the last pockets of Taliban insurgents from Marjah.

More than 100 Marines and their Afghan counterparts are pushing into a neighborhood they say is the last significant stronghold of insurgents. Marine commanders say they believe about 100 militants have regrouped in a 28-square-mile area.

Troops haven't met the stiff resistance they expected. Some fleeing Afghans say Taliban militants said they were planning a large attack, while others say they haven't seen a militant in days.

In the past week, Marines have come under heavy fire each time they skirted the zone.

A Marine spokesman says he expects there will be a spike in fighting as troops move into the final pockets.

Captain Abe Sipe says "We by no means think that this is over."

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  • by Justice on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:12 PM
    Bush, Obama, everyone in gov who voted for these wars, should have put on gear and guns and been the first to go in. That should be the requirement to declare war, if they believe in it that much, prove it. Take a couple months to re-elect officals but we would be able to survive without them if they get killed in a war they wanted. Dont sit on the couch getting fat, get over there and fight for what you voted for. Now that would be justice.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 at 09:10 PM
    Why only 100? That's the problem, we try to half do things, why not have enough people to make sure nothing goes wrong. Enough people to go ahead and take out the bad guys?? Hillary should of gotten elected, maybe a woman's perspective wouldn't be so bad after all. I mean women are pretty good at plotting and figuring things out right? LOL (not trying to offend anyone here, really!)
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 24, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    Bravo Zulu, Marines!
  • by Alice Location: Blounts Creek on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    Greg those are Swampbillies in Blouts Creek. Bin laden is not stupid enough to be in Afganistan or Blounts Creek,NC. I bet he is Packistan where are armed cannot go to get him.
  • by Albert Location: NC on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    To - Feb 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM "I want justice," said Bush. "Escape under Bush's watch?" Bush put 25,000,000 Million dollars on Bin Laden's wanted poster. He did not escape but he hides well. Bush said "There's an old poster out West that said: 'Wanted, dead or alive.' " Asked about his comment about a wanted poster, he replied, "All I'm doing is remembering when I was a kid. I remember they used to put out there in the Old West wanted posters that said 'Wanted dead or alive.' All I want and America wants Bin Laden brought to justice. That's what I want. Bin Laden dead or alive makes no difference to me." If the media did not destroy Bushs efforts to win and complete the war. Someone might have got the 25 Million Dollars by now.
  • by Ralph Location: NC on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Rebuttal to - Feb 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM. Get the facts and timeline right. Bin Laden escaped under Clinton's watch. The Navy SEALS found Bin Laden before 9-11, and the Navy had a F-18 in the air with a cave block buster bomb armed with Bin Ladens name on it. Waiting for Clintons OK. Clinton called it off at the last frw minutes before the drop. Clinton thought at that time before 9-11 Clinton said there would be to much political fall out from the Muslim world if the US takes out Bin Laden. The F-18 returned to the Carrier. Then came 9-11 thanks to Clinton. Where is the war bashing media?
  • by greg Location: greenville on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Osama isn't in Afghanistan anyway, He bought a pickup truck with a dog box on the back and lives in a single wide down at Blounts Creek.
  • by To Wolfgang on Feb 24, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Wolfgang, do you even know why we invaded Afghanistan in the first place? It's called 9/11/2001! Yep, there were no WMD's found in Afghanistan...just Osama Bin Laden who managed to escape (under Bush's watch)
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 24, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Where is the war bashing Viet Nam & Bush Iraq media now? Obama invades Afganistan no war bashing media? " Why? " Definitively no WMD's there, and their more KIA's and civilians getting killed under Obama the Bush now. I guess Obama owes a lot of war contracts to big busuness who helped him get elected. Did not Obama say he would end the war if he gets elected? Just another double talk election lie. I put my Army boots on years ago in another war. Be careful Army & Marines come home safe. It just gets me , Where is the war bashing media now?

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