A serious beatdown is about to occur in Afghanistan:
US Marines went into action today, pouring into a lawless town in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, the first time that a sizeable American force has fought in the largely British sector of Afghanistan for several years.
Some 2,400 marines, many of them veterans of the war in Iraq, were involved in the dawn assault on Garmser when helicopters and armoured vehicles surrounded the town, known as a Taleban stronghold and a major staging post for drugs traffickers involved in Helmand’s thriving opium trade.
“We haven’t seen anybody who isn’t carrying a gun,” said Major Tom Clinton, the commander of US forces at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, a small British camp 10 miles west of Garmser. “They are trying to figure out what we are doing. They are shooting at us, letting us know they are there.”
Captain Kelly Frushour, a Marine spokeswoman, said that American forces had sealed off the town and entered some areas but that the operation was still continuing.