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7th Marine from Camp Pendleton battalion is killed in Afghanistan

July 1, 2011 |  8:34 pm

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Sgt. Chad Frokjer, 27, of Maplewood, Minn., was killed Thursday in Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, based at Camp Pendleton.

Frokjer is the seventh Marine from the battalion to be killed since late April.

The battalion is assigned to the Sangin district, considered key terrain by the Taliban because of its proximity to the poppy crop that provides profits to continue the Taliban's fight against the U.S. and coalition troops.

The 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment relieved the 3th Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which had 25 killed and more than 200 wounded during its seven-month deployment.

Taliban fighters have launched a counteroffensive in an effort to retake Sangin, according to Marine brass. Their main weapon is the buried roadside bomb.

Frokjer was on his third combat deployment, including once to Iraq.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego