Afghan Army Raises Flag in Taliban Town

About one week ago an attack was launched on the Afghan town of Marjah.  Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Taliban-held town before dawn on Saturday, February 13, 2009, to re-establish government control and undermine support for the militants in their southern heartland.

On Wednesday, February 17, 2009, a Military commander raised the Afghan flag in the bullet-ridden main market of the Taliban’s southern stronghold of Marjah, signifying (to some) the end of the Taliban rule whilst elsewhere firefights continued to break out between holed-up militants and U.S. and Afghan troops.

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Soldier hoist an Afghan flag in Marjah, Afghanistan. Photo by Altaf Qadri.

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