Marines attack insurgents in Zamindawar area of Afghanistan


An M1A1 Abrams tank roars into position during a May 27 firefight in Zamindawar, Afghanistan. The movement was part Operation Jaws, an effort by 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, to improve security in a troublesome section of Helmand province. (Photo by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo)

It was a matter of time.

Marines in Afghanistan recently launched Operation Jaws, an effort to root out the Taliban in Zamindawar, an area of northern Helmand province that has been a hotbed for insurgent activity.

The operation was headed by 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and ran from May 25 to June 9, according to this new Marine Corps news release. They targeted an area of Kajaki district that I wrote about several times while embedded there in April.

As outlined in this previous story, Marines had been observing insurgents in Zamindawar for quite some time, and raided it previously.In this case, Marines killed at least 50 fighters and eliminated numerous fighting positions, Marine officials said. The grunts involved braved small-arms fire, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, but sustained no combat casualties.

One interesting footnote: In April, elements of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., conducted regular surveillance on Zamindawar. However, it was 2/5 that conducted this operation, after arriving from nearby Musa Qala district. As Marine forces in Afghanistan are drawn down this summer, we’ll  probably see an increase in combat power spread out in that fashion.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


  1. Cory & Donna Shelton on

    You guys ROCK! Thank you all for an outstanding job! Come home soon, you all are missed & loved. Shout out to LcPl Hosges of 2/5!!! Proud of you son 🙂

  2. Thanks for the great article, Dan.

    I served with 1/8 back in the 90s and I couldn’t be more proud of how well our Marines are serving our country and trying to give the people of Afghanistan a chance at a better life.

    Stan R. Mitchell

    Oak Ridge, Tenn.

  3. Cheryl & Phocion Park on

    Great job 2/5!!!!! We are praying every night for your safety. We also pray that you all will rely on God for your protection (see Psalm 91). Pray Psalm 91 as your prayer of protection. It is a mighty and powerful prayer!

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