There is "death at every corner" in the southern Afghan community of Marjah as U.S. Marines, Afghan Army soldiers and some NATO allies move through in a bid to push Taliban fighters out of the area.
Snipers are firing at the troops and the area is riddled with booby traps. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is with some of the Marines, reported for the NPR newscast that the insurgents are trying to "draw the Marines out to come toward them because there are still so many IEDs everywhere" -- including just 10 feet away from where the Marines were sleeping last night:
In Afghanistan: Snipers And IEDs Aim To Slow Operation Against Taliban
From Kandahar, the BBC's Frank Gardner reports that the improvised explosive devices "have been planted in far greater numbers than NATO had anticipated."
It could be a month or so before the Taliban fighters are pushed out and the area is completely secure, U.S. commanders have said.
At least 12 civlians were accidently killed yesterday when two NATO rockets hit a home. The allied forces have suspended use of that rocket system, pending the results of an investigation into what happened.