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Marines become leaders at austere combat outpost


By the light of a full Afghan moon, a handful of young Marines are hard at work. They lay a thick plastic liner over a hollow square. When finished, they will have created a container for more than 40,000 gallons of jet fuel – extending the range for Marine helicopters supporting ground troops near Sangin, Afghanistan.

Operation Lion's Leap

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Shooting Incident in Kabul Leaves 9 Dead

Eight International Security Assistance Force service members and an ISAF civilian died today following a shooting incident in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, military officials reported.

Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said ISAF has confirmed that the service members and civilian were Americans. Because next of kin had not yet been notified, he would not provide the service affiliations of the service members who were killed.

The shooter reportedly was an Afghan air force officer who was killed during the incident, Lapan said.

ISAF Joint Command operational update

An Afghan and coalition force captured a senior Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leader and several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday.

The leader was the senior leader for all Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin operations in Khost province.

The security force targeted the leader’s suspected compound after numerous intelligence sources indicated insurgent activity in the district. The force isolated the area and called for all occupants to exit the buildings. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force interviewed residents.

New rearming point expands Marines’ rotary reach near Sangin, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Rockey L. Crump gives his Marines the five-minute warning. An AH-1W Cobra is inbound to Combat Outpost Ouellette and needs fuel. With just three minutes remaining, the Cobra radios back requesting full ordnance.

The helicopter touches down and the Marines launch into action. Ordnance Marines disarm the aircraft, then fuelers move in to quench its thirst. Once the refueling is complete, the ordnance Marines again take over and re-arm the bird with a fresh supply of ammunition.

EOD Community Remembers Fallen Brothers

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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator and several of his associates during a security operation in Sangin district, Helmand province, yesterday.

The facilitator assisted the terrorist network with acquisition and movement of narcotics in northern Helmand and western Kandahar provinces.

Afghan police fight on home turf at Kajaki

U.S. Marines have been defending the area around the Kajaki Dam near here for more than a year, but they are not the only force fighting to protect this key terrain.

Many of the nearly 130 Afghan Uniformed Police officers stationed at Kajaki can literally call the area home, and the Marines based here say their Afghan counterparts have proven themselves in action against the insurgency.

BLT 3/8 concludes operating in Afghanistan, ends deployment

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3/8 concluded operations in Afghanistan this week, ending a deployment that started in August 2010 with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines and sailors will return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after more than eight months deployed at sea and ashore.