Afghanistan: Marines Gear Up for Biggest Fight Yet

If the plan is successful, Marines expect Marja, in a matter of months, to become another island of security and progress in Helmand.

Marines say they have not reached the tipping point yet for Helmand but are confident that if they deny the Taliban safe havens and re-build communities one at a time, the entire province will eventually move away from Taliban control allowing the government of Afghanistan to exert its influence.

The United States has said it will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July 2011.

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