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7,000 US Marines patrolling southern Afghan desert

CAMP LEATHERHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) - Some 7,000 new U.S. troops
ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama are fanning out
across the country's dangerous south on a mission to defeat an
increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.
Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Abe Sipe says 7,000 troops from the 2nd
Marine Expeditionary Brigade are now in the country. The brigade is
based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The Marines represent the first wave of 21,000 troops ordered to
Afghanistan this summer. Most of the buildup will take place in
Helmand and Kandahar.
The two southern provinces lie at the heart of the insurgency
and are close to the border with Pakistan, where the Taliban's top
leadership is believed to be based.


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