U.S. Marines and Afghan Troops Launch Attack on Taliban-Held Town

American and Afghan troops launched an attack on Marja, a Taliban-held town in southern Helmand Province, The Associated Press reported. In this attack, commanders say they will do something they have never done before: bring in an Afghan government and police force behind them.

American and British troops will stay on to support them. Marja is intended to serve as a prototype for a new type of military operation, based on the counterinsurgency thinking propounded by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in the prelude to President Obama’s decision in December to increase the number of American troops here to nearly 100,000.