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Published on Apr 5, 2011
The Taliban in Marjah are among the best and most fanatical Taliban troops. They've had months to dig trenches, fortify positions and lay IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and other booby traps. They want this fightThe Battle for Marjah is an up-close look into the realities of urban combat in a war in which not killing civilians takes precedence over killing the bad guys, a war in which the ultimate measurement of victory will be political, not military. Anyone who watches this documentary will have a better appreciation for the challenges faced by America and its allies—including the Afghan people who must become a part of that alliance. It is at once a tribute to the courage and professionalism of the United States Marine Corps, a look into the realities of impoverished civilians caught between the Taliban and the coalition forces, and an unanswered question regarding whether or not the war is winnable on a political level.