Afghanistan

U.S. Troops Battle Snipers

The first major campaign of the American troop surge in Afghanistan moves ahead: U.S. and Afghan efforts to retake the city of Marja from insurgents was slowed Monday because of resistance from Taliban snipers. The offensive pits about 15,000 American, British, and Afghan troops against hundreds of Taliban insurgents. On Monday, an Afghan general said that the troops have largely contained the area and that local residents are helping them to find mine locations.