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US troops to be sent to Helmand, Afghanistan in About Face By Obama Administration

Peace and Freedom

By Slobodan Lekic
Stars and Stripes

Kneeling in a field of poppy in Marjah District of Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan, Marines return fire against a Taliban machine gun position in March 2010. The 2010 effort was supposed to be a model of counterinsurgency strategy, but six years later, U.S. forces were back in Marjah working with Afghan forces to recapture it yet again. Stars and Stripes
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. plans to deploy additional troops and advisers to strategic Helmand province to help Afghan forces struggling against a virulent Taliban insurgency, poor leadership and corruption.

“A U.S. Army infantry battalion is deploying from Fort Drum, New York,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner. “It is replacing another infantry battalion from Fort Drum.” The two units are of comparable size, but the move also involves sending more advisers to work with Afghan units in the volatile province, the…

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