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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Taliban, Marines exchange fire as battle loom

U.S. Marines and Taliban insurgents exchanged battery Thursday on the outskirts of Marjah, a southern active bastion area American and Afghan armament are accepted to barrage a above advance in the advancing days.To the north, a U.S.-Afghan force led by the U.S. Army's 5th Stryker Brigade affiliated up with Marines on Thursday, closing off a Taliban escape avenue to the adjacent above burghal of Lashkar Gah.No casualties were appear in the broadcast clashes, which bankrupt out as Marines confused anytime afterpiece to the bend of the agriculture association of 80,000 people, the linchpin of Taliban access in the opium poppy bearing arena of Helmand.Marines said the Taliban defenders were allegedly aggravating to draw the Americans into a bigger action afore the U.S. was accessible to barrage the capital attack.They're aggravating to draw us in," said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, 30, of Tulsa, Okla., administrator of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.Through abundant of the day, insurgents again accursed rockets and mortars at the American and Afghan units assertive in foxholes about the town, 380 afar southwest of Kabul.