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US Marines under fire in Taliban bastion assault

US Marines with 1/3 Charlie Company battling insurgents in the north east of the Marjah area in Afghanistan yesterday. (AFP)


US Marines came under attack from insurgents armed with sniper guns and rocket-propelled grenades as they geared up yesterday to overwhelm a Taliban bastion in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Marines, along with foreign and Afghan soldiers, are massing around the town of Marjah in Helmand, which, officials say, is one of the last areas of the southern province under Taliban control. The flow of residents fleeing the imminent offensive has slowed, after loaded-down cars, trucks, tractors and buses clogged roads from Marjah to provincial capital Lashkah Gar for days.


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