Small unit tactics continue to win the war in Afg. Continued “out with the people” attitudes by commanders on the ground continue to win over the general populace.

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Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to Afghanistan during their winter campaign

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Winning the locals “vote” is key while compounded intimidation and additional complicated friction points make the commander’s job difficult. When you have the locals on your side, they become your best weapon against countering IEDs Afghan elders determined to rid country of insurgents 

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Marines describe first three days of combat in Marjah – "Well, it's seven-thirty in the morning and we're here, sitting in an open field in Marjah and we're slowly being surrounded,"

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31st MEU departs for tour of Asia-Pacific

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U.S. Commander: Taliban 'Not on the Ropes Yet'

 

 

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