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Taliban Attack Marine Patrol Base at Night and Lose

Published Sept. 28, 2021

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, defend Patrol Base Skullet from a night time attack by Taliban fighters near Trek Nawa in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan back in 2010.


This footage was recorded near the downfall of the Taliban in the greater Nawa region of Afghanistan. Shortly after this video was recorded, the Taliban would be pushed west into Trek Nawa, trapped between the heavy Marine Corps presence in both Marjah and Nawa proper. There, their capability to conduct insurgent-like operations would come to an almost complete halt, and eventually end entirely after a series of operations in the summer of 2011 called Operation Watchtower.


By the summer of 2011, the Nawa region, under the leadership of former Mujahedeen Fighter turned Governor, Haji Abdul Manaf, would become the poster-child of American success in the Helmand Province. On a near monthly basis, leaders from around the world, including Senator John McCain and the Secretary of the Navy, would visit the district and partake in walking the local bazaar and eating lunch at the Governor's compound.


Unfortunately, shortly after the exit of U.S. Marines from the Helmand Province, Haji Abdul Manaf would be killed in a Taliban ambush while travelling to the Kandahar region on official government duty, and Nawa would fall back into Taliban control.


This video is just a brief moment in time that shows what it took to beat the Taliban into submission in the Nawa region.


josh brooks

Published Sept. 28, 2021

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, defend Patrol Base Skullet from a night time attack by Taliban fighters near Trek Nawa in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan back in 2010.


This footage was recorded near the downfall of the Taliban in the greater Nawa region of Afghanistan. Shortly after this video was recorded, the Taliban would be pushed west into Trek Nawa, trapped between the heavy Marine Corps presence in both Marjah and Nawa proper. There, their capability to conduct insurgent-like operations would come to an almost complete halt, and eventually end entirely after a series of operations in the summer of 2011 called Operation Watchtower.


By the summer of 2011, the Nawa region, under the leadership of former Mujahedeen Fighter turned Governor, Haji Abdul Manaf, would become the poster-child of American success in the Helmand Province. On a near monthly basis, leaders from around the world, including Senator John McCain and the Secretary of the Navy, would visit the district and partake in walking the local bazaar and eating lunch at the Governor's compound.


Unfortunately, shortly after the exit of U.S. Marines from the Helmand Province, Haji Abdul Manaf would be killed in a Taliban ambush while travelling to the Kandahar region on official government duty, and Nawa would fall back into Taliban control.


This video is just a brief moment in time that shows what it took to beat the Taliban into submission in the Nawa region.


josh brooks

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