Signs of progress in Afghanistan's Helmand province

Marine officers have concluded that Operation Godfather, the show of force that began Friday -- helicopters rushing through the sky, trucks hauling ready-to-be-built bridges, and convoys spanning the desert horizon -- has caused the Taliban to back down.



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Jan. 18, 2011

U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines greet an Afghan soldier as they return from patrol around the town of Musa Qala. Almost 40 percent of the 499 U.S. deaths in Afghanistan last year occurred in Helmand province.

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