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Leaving Sangin

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 01:55

May 10 - Marines end operation in Sangin, one of the deadliest battle fronts of the war in Afghanistan. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Sangin was the scene of some of the toughest fighting in the Afghan war. Twenty-five troops from just one marine battalion were killed in a single seven-month tour. About 50 marines died in the fight in Sangin. It was a fight that laid the ground work to transition security to Afghan forces and leave says Marine Colonel Christopher Douglas . (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARINE COLONEL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS SAYING: "What that enabled Marine forces to do was establish a level of security to the area that facilitated the introduction of the Afghan National Security Forces. But did they win? (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARINE COLONEL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS SAYING: "I think history will determine the answer to that question that you ask -- you know have we won? Right now we are in a successful place. We are leaving their second brigade in a successful time." When the U.S. first went into Afghanistan in 2001 Gallup found that close to 90 percent of Americans backed the war effort. Earlier this year the polling group found that almost 50 percent of Americans call it a mistake. What did that do to troop morale? (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARINE COLONEL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS SAYING: "We actually had to go to a point where we had ask that care packages not be sent anymore. We had so many people in so many groups and so many thank you letters coming in that if there is that level or lack of support for the war, frankly we didn't feel it." As the Marines left Sangin earlier this week, handing over security to Afghan forces, it was no fighting withdrawal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARINE COLONEL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS SAYING: "The thoughts going into it were -- we are ready to do this, and we are ready willing and able to meet any challenge that lies in front of us. And frankly, it was a quiet drive back."

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Leaving Sangin

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 01:55