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US-Led Invasion ‘Bogged Down’ in Marjah

By Jason Ditz, February 15, 2010

US forces continue to press forward in the Marjah region of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, put are said to be struggling mightily with home-made bombs and sniper fire, and were able to advance only 500 yards yesterday.

Despite the pretense that the battle is going “according to plans,” the promises of a quick victory with overwhelming force in Marjah has turned out to be overly optimistic, with some officials now saying the offensive could take upwards of a month.

Still, the optimism isn’t entirely lost, and some US commanders remain convinced, to quote Colonel Scott Hartsell, that “pretty soon, they are going to run out of gas.”

The US has been pledging the invasion for over a month, aimed at installing a Karzai appointee as governor of Marjah. The troops began the invasion on Friday, with Taliban forces pledging to “wait out” the raid.


February 16, 2010 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Militarism


  1. The will of the indigenous is stronger that your standing
    army. You will be defeated the same way the Russians were
    but no lessons are learned because of your greed and lack
    of respect for human lives.

    Comment by B. Benhamid | February 16, 2010

  2. Yeah, with all the hitech weaponry like drones and “smart bombs”, we can’t “liberate’ one area much less a country, much less a region, much less the world. All the Afghans have to do is wait. The Russians learned that the hard way. This will end when we take the profit out of war. Would have been a lot cheaper to pay the Taliban a fair price for that pipeline right of way..ya think?

    Comment by robertsgt40 | February 17, 2010

    • Robert, perhaps the reason that the pipeline motive doesn’t make much sense is because that’s not the actual motive but just a diversion intended to deflect attention from the real motives.

      Comment by aletho | February 17, 2010

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