22 May 2010

Patrolling in Afghanistan

This article, In Ambush, a Glimpse of a Long Afghan Summer, from the New York Times, 19 May 2010, describes a Taliban ambush on a routine US Marine patrol in the area around Marja, a richly irrigated zone of farming villages in Helmand Province that was both the centre of Afghanistan’s opium production and a haven for its insurgency.

Well worth a read to get a feel for what both the Marines and the local farming population go through day by day.

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