Location: Marjah is in the volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan; it's an agricultural area dotted with villages.
Taliban: Marjah is the last major Taliban stronghold in Helmand province. A shadow Taliban government presides in the city and those who come in and out are forced to pay a tax to the Taliban at various checkpoints surrounding the city.
Population: The city encompasses around 80,000-100,000 people
Land: Marjah and the surrounding area holds some of the richest farmlands in Afghanistan. The fertile land is ripe for farming poppies and its absence of governance keeps the drug trade alive and strong.