U.S. Marines Arrive in 'The Desert of Death'

This vast tent city called Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province was little more than a clump of huts six months ago. It is now the sprawling home to the so-called Afghanistan surge. The spearhead of the 21,000 new troops, an augmented brigade of 10,000 Marines, is based here, in a pan-flat expanse in a place locals call "the desert of death." The so-called surge, a term Marine commanders resist because it connotes only a temporary presence, has begun. About 9,000 troops, 7,000 of them...Full Story
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