Marines return to Lejeune

Camp Lejeune

November 17, 2009 9:06:09 AM PST
Marines and sailors from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment are expected home Tuesday after about nine months in Afghanistan.Approximately 1,000 Camp Lejeune Marines and soldiers will return.

The battalion was on the front lines during operations in Helmand province this spring and summer. The province is a known Taliban hotspot and the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan this year.

The Marines were part of a surge of 12,000 troops to Afghanistan in the spring.

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