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US forces are scaling back operations in Afghanistan the Taliban.
Remain in control and some areas especially Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.
Lieutenant colonel Oliver North was -- on patrol with the year at Marines there.
I when they said only came under attack.
Captain Glen -- the commanding officer weapons company first battalion first Marines -- Diller how long you've been in your performance or.
His units assigned -- third battalion eighth Marines here and now what district of Helmand Province.
The Marines you're of the mission of mentoring Afghan national security forces -- when necessary engaging Taliban insurgents.
Watched -- north -- yeah.
China and honestly it's pretty much the only area left and the entire central Helmand river valley where else can really happening in.
In that's one of the few lawless areas that remain it's just don't terrain that's favorable -- -- in a population is favorable to them.
We -- seeing -- squad to platoon size.
-- Taliban some level of basic training and understanding.
-- small unit tactics.
And got very advantageous to -- in the form of canals compounds.
Big fight in defense of fight out there -- there and they're -- -- him.
Fights like this are becoming increasingly rare is Afghan soldiers and police shoulder responsibility for security.
This isn't your first rodeo you have to come back out here.
The districts have become very developed since we've been here enjoying getting educated and lots shops -- the people aren't gonna wanna go back to the standard of living in the experience in the zone is or anybody Romeo and sacked him.
Necessarily say happy anniversary tomorrow at Shannon and hello to my daughters to -- -- interest.
And today is good -- -- seventh anniversary congratulations from -- From now what district of Helmand Province Afghanistan.
-- back to you in New York.
And we think colonel Oliver North with our troops in Afghanistan nice -- -- that special anniversary shout out.
-- of the best parts more friend that colonel north as we get his reports an important look for us today I was happening in Afghanistan.
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