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Marines Fight Taliban With Little Aid From Afghans

By Richard A. Oppel Jr.

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan - American Marines secured this desolate village in southern Afghanistan nearly two months ago, and last week they were fortifying bases, on duty at checkpoints and patrolling in full body armor in 120-degree heat. Despite those efforts, only a few hundred Afghans were persuaded to come out here and vote for president on Thursday.

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'Skittish' Afghans Wary of Both Sides

This is a pretty good article on just what is going on in Afghanistan and how so many people  misunderstand what is happening there. Maj Pain

Washington Post

August 15, 2009

In Helmand, Caught Between U.S., Taliban

'Skittish' Afghans Wary of Both Sides

By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer

MIANPOSHTEH, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marines pushing into Afghanistan's southern Helmand province are running up against a skeptical Afghan population heavily influenced by Taliban insurgents, signaling a long campaign ahead.

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Heros Call- WELCOME HOME WARRIOR-Captain Michael Speicher


Remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in the Anbar province of Iraq after a nearly 20-year search, the U.S. Navy said Sunday.

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has positively identified the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the 1991 war.

The Navy said the discovery illustrates the military's commitment to bring its troops home.



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