1/6 Marines return after Afghanistan duty
The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 12, 2010 20:49:51 EDT
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — North Carolina-based Marines are returning home
after seven months in southern Afghanistan.
More than a thousand
Marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment will start returning
Monday to Camp Lejeune. The Marines operated in Marjah, Helmand
province. The unit conducted counterinsurgency operations in the wake of
the initial assault on the town earlier this year. The unit is being
replaced by another battalion from Camp Lejeune.
Marines started deploying last year to Afghanistan as part of a surge of
forces to the central Asian country. In the last few months, the
Taliban has ramped up attacks against troops. June was one of the
deadliest months for international forces in Afghanistan.