The U.S. military announced that they will be sending a 300 man Marine TF back to Southern Afghanistan this spring to help fight again the Taliban’s annual spring offensive. The Task Force will primarily operate in Helmand Province and is expected to undergo a 9-month deployment. The military anticipates this to be an ongoing rotation.
USMC Lt. Gen Beyler stated, “Afghanistan remains a dangerous and dynamic environment, and our aim, training and advising the Afghan forces, is to preserve and build upon the gains they’ve made. Marines will face risk in this new assignment.”
According to the official release “Task Force South West, made up of Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and led by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr., will train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police.”
While the Marines haven’t been to Helmand since 2014 it is a well-fought area for the corps. It’s unclear as to how much their position will include actual field operation, however, it’s likely they will see some of the tougher fighting this year.