U.S. Marines fire 120mm mortars on Taliban positions on April 3, 2009 in Now Zad in Helmand province, Afghanistan. U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fired mortars and staged a ground assault on a section of the Taliban front line as part of the major strike. American air power dropped more than ten tons of explosives on dug-in Taliban fighting positions, according to the military. The U.S. operation involved Air Force, Marine, Navy and Army aviation and was coordinated as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The military says the civilian population of Now Zad fled in 2007, leaving the city a battleground between U.S. forces and entrenched Taliban fighters.
photo courtesy of: John Moore