7,000 new U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan

CAMP LEATHERHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) - Some 7,000 new U.S. troops are fanning out across southern Afghanistan.

They are from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and represent the first wave of 21,000 troops President Barack Obama has ordered to Afghanistan on a mission to defeat an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.

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