In Afghanistan's Sangin District, Marines Sustain Heavy Losses: 'We're Basically Fighting Blind'

01/23/2011 10:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, deployed to the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province in late September, the British soldiers who had preceded them warned the Americans that the Taliban would be waiting nearly everywhere for a chance to kill them.

But the Marines, ordered to be more aggressive than the British had been, quickly learned that the Taliban wasn't simply waiting.

In Sangin, the Taliban was coming after them.

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