28 Nov '13, 2am

Marine Corps folds storied base in Afghanistan: The Marine Corps has reached another milestone as it ... #marines

Marine Corps folds storied base in Afghanistan: The Marine Corps has reached another milestone as it ... #marines

The Marine Corps has reached another milestone as it winds down operations in Afghanistan. As the majority of U.S. forces prepares to pull out in 2014, the Corps has closed its forward operating base in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province. Members of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, were the last to mount up Nov. 9 and leave the post where Marines fought for nearly half a decade to pacify one of the most hotly contested areas of the country. Marine Corps Times closely covered operations in Musa Qala over the years, publishing a cover story in 2011 about one big-time battle that occurred on the base. During that incident, all hell broke loose when an insurgent detained on the base escaped from his jail cell, killed two members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, and nearly brought down an MV-22 Osprey carrying a three-star Navy SEAL. And, of course, it was in Mu...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131127/NEWS/311...

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