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Operation Asbury Park

Operation Asbury Park
Part of War in Afghanistan and Global War on Terrorism

An American AH-1 Cobra engaging the Taliban during Operation Asbury Park.
Date June 2, 2004, and June 17, 2004
Location Dai Chopan, Afghanistan
Status American-Afghan victory

United States

al-Qaeda (possibly)
Anti-Coalition/Government forces
Casualties and losses
5 injured 100 killed, 200-300 wounded

Between deployment on June 2, 2004, and June 17, 2004, taskforce 1/6 BLT of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (or MEU) engaged Taliban and other anti-coalition forces in both Oruzgan Province and Zabul Province culminating in the Dai Chopan region of Afghanistan. This operation was referred to as Operation Asbury Park, and was characterized by atypical fighting on the side of the tactics of the Taliban and the other guerillas encountered.

During Asbury Park, the MEU was faced with an opponent that frequently would dig in and engage the Marine forces, rather than the traditional hit and run (or "asymmetric attack") methods. As such, Marines, with the aid of B-1B Lancer, A-10 Warthog, and AH-64 Apache aircraft, engaged in "pitched battles each day,"[1], culminating in a large battle on June 8.

The last of the fighting which took place near Dai Chopan on June 8 was decisive in that enemy forces were depleted to such an extent that that no further contact was made with the enemy for the duration of the operation.What was meant by the enemy to be a three pronged attack June 8, 2004 resulted in over eighty-five confirmed kills, with estimates well in excess of 100 enemy dead, an estimated 200-300 wounded, with dozens captured. While throughout the entire operation a "handful" of US forces and Afghan Miltia were injured.

Asbury Park was followed by Operation Asbury Park II, which included Army personnel from the 25th Infantry Division, Afghan National Army troops, and attached Marines.

External links

  • 22nd MEU (SOC) homepage

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