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Marines return to Twentynine Palms after deadly Afghanistan mission

October 15, 2011 |  7:50 am

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After a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment will return in the next few days to their base at Twentynine Palms, the Marine Corps announced.

The Three-Four had three Marines killed and dozens wounded during its mission to train the Afghan National Army to assume security responsibility for the Gereshk Valley area of Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.

As a sign of progress, an Afghan flag was hoisted over the Washir district center for the first time in six years, Marines said.

The battalion was replaced by a joint British-Afghan force as the U.S. begins to draw down its forces in Afghanistan.

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Photo: Marine helicopter on a resupply mission in Helmand province. Credit: Brennan Linsley / Associated Press

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