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Operation Moshtarak, the biggest operation since the start of the war in Afghanistan, was launched by U.S. Marines in February 2010. The operation’s main target was Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in the Helmand province.
Journalist Ben Anderson, who spent two months with the American forces, offers an intimate look at the brutal realities of modern-day warfare in his documentary The Battle for Marjah.
Operation Moshtarak was the first attack launched after the administration revealed plans to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, serving as a key test of the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy against the Taliban. The campaign had four distinct phases: clear Marjah of Taliban, hold all ground acquired, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.
In addition to chronicling the operation, The Battle for Marjah questions whether the policy is a successful prototype for winning this kind of war. The documentary also looks at the relationship between the Marines and the Afghan people.
Check out The Battle for Marjah trailer and be sure to catch the debut of The Battle for Marjah Thursday, February 17, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.