An estimated 300 U.S. Marines are on their way to a Taliban stronghold in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, which is one of the deadliest regions of the ongoing war for coalition forces located along the Pakistan border.
Breitbart reported that the Marines are expected to reach their destination by the end of the month. This comes as most of Helmand has once again fallen under the control of the Taliban.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan between 2010 to 2011, said that the 300 additional Marines “can absolutely make a difference in Helmand province,” provided they are given the appropriate support.
Petraeus added that the Marines themselves could provide the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) “the support they need to reverse the momentum of the Taliban in that important province that sits astride the critical ‘Ring Road’ that connects the southern and western parts of the country to Kabul.”
The 300 Marines come from the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This marks the largest Marine deployment to Afghanistan since 2014, when the U.S. military’s combat mission known as Operation Enduring Freedom officially ended.
These Marines will spend nine months in Helmand, where they will train the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police in marksmanship, indirect fire and small-unit tactics and other skills.
Please pray for ALL of our Marines!