Great news. What was once a Taliban infested area in Afghanistan, has been wiped clean by coalition forces over the last month extinguishing more than 400 Taliban roaches and now being handed over to Afghani forces.
KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Marines handed over control of a formerTaliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan to the Afghan army and their British mentors on Monday after killing more than 400 militants in a four-month operation, the NATO-led force said.
The northern part of Garmsir district in Helmand province, known as the snake’s head for its appearance on a map, served as a transit and logistics hub for Taliban fighters.
About 2,400 Marines moved into the insurgent-held area along the Helmand river in late April and seized control after 35 days of intense fighting.
“During these 35 days, the Marines were in 170 engagements in which they caused severe insurgent casualties, more than 400 according to the Helmand governor, and zero civilian casualties,” the NATO-ledInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.