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On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban ... See full summary »

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On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. There, the Marines had four tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. In this powerful account, award-winning journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks. At the battle's outset, Sparks and the 272 men of Bravo are flown 12 miles and dropped into the center of Marjah, where the Taliban lie in wait. For the young Marines, their first task begins. Embedded with Bravo Company, Anderson provides an intimate and sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare. Written by Acorn Media

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Well edited and interesting
16 April 2012 | by (Latvia) – See all my reviews

I have to say I saw little wrong with this documentary. There were nice inter-cuts with news chatter and videos so the viewer sees the bigger picture. The film didn't seem biased to me, since soldiers could be clearly seen attempting to do their best. Sometimes they they were getting understandably frustrated and undertones of anti-war can be felt. I'm sure anyone who has any understanding of the situation in the war torn regions knows how unreal the task to a war like this actually is, since the population will never be loyal to allied forces. Overall I liked that there was as much combat footage as seemed humanly possible. I can't imagine how hard it would have been. I would recommend this one to anyone like me, interested in war, battle footage and documentaries.


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