Marines return to Twentynine Palms after deadly Afghanistan mission
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.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Marine helicopter on a resupply mission in Helmand province. Credit: Brennan Linsley / Associated Press