'America's Battalion' In Afghanistan The Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment — known as "America's Battalion" — were deployed in Afghanistan from May to November 2009 as part of a surge of 21,000 troops ordered up by President Obama early in his term. NPR followed the Marines, and their families, during the deployment.
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'America's Battalion' In Afghanistan

The Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, operated mainly in Helmand province.

Families Send Basics To Marines In Afghanistan

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Mourning A Marine Killed In Afghanistan

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Back From The Front Lines In Helmand Province

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Taliban Use Guerrilla Tactics In Helmand Province

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Marines Seek To Forge Bonds While Pursuing Taliban

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Marines Keep Pressure On Taliban

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Targets On Their Backs, Marines Enter Afghan Town

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Families Of 'America's Battalion' Wait For News

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Marines Press Hard Across Southern Afghanistan

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U.S. Military Launches 'Strike Of The Sword'

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Marine General Takes Fight To The Taliban

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Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Deploy In Afghanistan

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Marines Train To Conquer Taliban, Their Own Fears

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