Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan; fifth from his battalion since April
Cpl. Gurpreet Singh, 21, of Antelope, Calif., was killed Wednesday in the Sangin region of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, long a Taliban stronghold. Singh was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton.
Five Marines from the battalion have been killed since April.
The 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment relieved the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which had 25 killed and more than 200 wounded during its deployment to Sangin.
In intense fighting last year, Marines wrested control of central Sangin from Taliban fighters. But the Taliban has launched a counter-offensive to regain some of the key terrain as the "fighting season" begins, according to Marine brass.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
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