December 4th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

'Cobra's Anger' takes aim at militants

More than 1,000 troops have started a big push against insurgents in a militant stronghold of southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Marines said Friday. Around 900 American and British troops and more than 150 Afghan soldiers and police are working to clear militants from the Now Zad Valley of northern Helmand province in an operation called Khareh Cobra, or Cobra's Anger.

Maj. William Pelletier at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province said helicopter and ground operations began around 3 a.m. local time Friday to take hold of "key terrain."

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