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December 2009

COMMON SENSE

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan. We're with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion in southern Helmand Province, just 75 kilometers from Pakistan, in "battle space" that was the heart of Taliban territory until a few weeks ago. When these Marines fought their way into this dusty district capital in July, the Taliban were stunned. No Afghan government or coalition authorities had been here since 2002.