In Afghanistan, U.S. Plans Next Major Offensive Into Kandahar

04/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe

Even as Marines in Afghanistan continued to fight for control of the Taliban stronghold of Marja, senior Obama administration officials said Friday that the United States has begun initial planning for a bigger, more complex offensive in Kandahar later this year.

The assault on Marja, the largest U.S.-NATO military operation since 2001, is a "prelude to larger, more comprehensive operations," senior Obama officials said Friday.