A U.S. commander gives a final briefing to U.S. Marines and Afghan troops Satutrday, Feb. 13, before their assault on the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah. The attack plan, called “Operation Moshtarak,” is the biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.(MSNBC)
US Marines with 1/3 Charlie company man a TOW missile launcher as smike billows from an unidentified explosion in the northeast of Marjah. Thousands of US-led troops backed by helicopters Saturday stormed an Islamist stronghold in southern Afghanistan in NATO’s biggest operation since the Taliban regime’s overthrow in late 2001.(AFP/Patrick Baz)
One of the biggest military offensives of the Afghanistan War against the Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgents was launched this morning. The NATO operation will push Taliban control out of the largest Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan ‘Helmund Province’ and allow the Afghan government to assert control of the southern region.
US-led troops helicoptered into Marjah in the poppy-growing belt of Helmand province in the biggest military operation in Afghanistan since US President Barack Obama ordered a troop surge. Images of US marines with 1/3 Charlie Company engaging with the Taliban northeast of Marjah. Duration: 01:12.(AFP)
US marines take aim during a battle against the Taliban in Marjah on February 12. Thousands of US-led troops backed by helicopters stormed a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan in the first major test of President Barack Obama’s new surge policy.(AFP/File/Patrick Baz)
British troops in fierce push against Taliban: