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In Afghanistan, Marines ready attack on Taliban redoubt
A major assault on the town of Marja in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province is being prepared.
By Tony Perry February 4, 2010
Reporting from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
U.S. Marines and the Afghan army plan a major assault on Taliban fighters in Marja, the last main community under the militants' control in what had been a largely lawless area of the Helmand River Valley, a top Marine said Wednesday.
"We are going to gain control," Col. George "Slam" Amland told reporters. "We are going to alter the ecosystem considerably."
Amland, deputy commander of Marine forces in southern Afghanistan, would not discuss the timing of the assault or how many thousands of troops would be involved. But the attack, he said, would involve Marine units that were part of the troop buildup authorized by President Obama in December.
The operation also will show how the Afghan army is growing in numbers and competency, he predicted."This is a big leap for the government of Afghanistan," he said