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Battle of Sangin (2010)

Battle for Sangin (2010)
Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Marines from 3/5 India Company in Sangin in October 2010.
Marines from 3/5 India Company in Sangin in October 2010.
Date July 2010 - May 2014
Location Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Belligerents
ISAF/ NATO
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Taliban
Units involved
United States Marine Corps

The Battle for Sangin was an extended campaign reaching as far back as the beginning of the conflict in Afghanistan with the British responsible for the area for almost a decade. While Third Battalion Seven Marine Regiment is accredited for being the first US Marines on the ground and Third Battalion Fifth Marine Regiment for completing the clearing of Sangin, there hand been Marines of Second Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment and US Special Forces in Sangin supporting the British in 2008. Sangin is considered the bloodiest battlegrounds of Afghanistan by both US and British alike. With both nations suffering the loss of over 100 killed in action, and several hundred moderate to severe casualties.

US Marine Battle History

In September 2010, Liam Fox, the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Defense, announced that northern Helmand would be transferred to the U. S. Marines.[1] The British troops withdrew on September 20, 2010 to be replaced by Third Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment or more commonly known as, "3/7." 3/7's Marine combat units aggressively pursued Taliban in and around Sangin in 2010 until they were replaced by 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in early October 2010. Members of 3/5 conducted aggressive clearing operations in the Sangin District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) between September 2010 and April 2011. Attached to 3/5 was Kilo company of the Third Battalion Twenty-Fifth Marine Regiment (3/25,) along with Echo company Second Battalion Ninth Marines (2/9,) and Naval Corpsman from Regimental Combat Team 2 (RCT2.) These units came to the aid of 3/5 due to the number of casualties sustained during the immediate months in their deployment in Sangin, thus allowing the unit to more effectively clear through Sangin. They were actively in Sangin from December 2010 until February 2011 at which point the unit was handed over to their counterparts from First Battalion Fifth Marine Regiment which began the second phase into the holding phase of Sangin. Sangin was a region that was primarily shaped, cleared, held, and built (in tactical terms) by the units: (in no specific order) 3/7, 3/5, 3/25, 2/8, 2/9, 1/5, 1/7, 2/7, 1st Tanks, 1st/2nd/3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st CEB, 3rd CEB and members of MARSOC/USASOC/NAVSOC (SOTF).

Casualties

2010/08/13- Ssgt. Michael A. Bock, USMC 3rd CEB, H&S Co. ABV PLT. Killed in action by the Sangin Sniper.

See also

References

  1. ^ UK troops leave Helmand's Sangin. BBC News, 2010-09-20.


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