February 13th, 2010
07:22 AM ET

More about Operation Moshtarak

These numbers and facts are compiled from CNN correspondents in the field and official military statements.

Overall Troop Numbers - About 15,000 troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Afghanistan and Canada

U.S. Troops
about 5,000 Marines
about 300 Army

Afghan Troops
2,000  Afghan National Army
200 Afghan National Civil Order Police

Marjah (population)
80,000 to 100,000 residents

Taliban
Military officials estimates they could encounter about 1,000 Taliban fighters. Five Taliban fighters were killed and eight were arrested in the early hours of the operation

Indivdual battalions involved
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines (US)
1st Battalion, 6th Marines (US)
3rd Battalion, 6th Marines (US)
4th Battalion, 23rd IN Stryker (US)
Combat Engineer Battalion (US)
Light Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (US)
1 Coldstream Guards Battle Group (UK)
1 Grenadier Guards Battle Group (UK)
1 Royal Welsh Battle Group (UK)
Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team (UK)
Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (UK)
Task Force Pegasus
Task Force Kandahar

It is unclear how many troops come from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia
and Canada.


Filed under: Operation Moshtarak • Troops
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. RT

    A show of force; "blietzkrieg" if I may borrow a term from a condemned past?

    I hope the message is clear for the recipients.

    February 14, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anneette

    To all militaries at Afghnistan and around the world, especially to our brothers, sisters,sons ,fathers,mothers and daughters, that their involved in this operation. We are praying hard to our God in heaven to send his legions of angels to protect all of you out there to fight the enemy. Just beleive in your heart that he always inyour side,he never leave you, never forsake you amen. Our God is watching to all of you out there. I just trust the Lord that he will bring all of you back to unitet states alive amen. The Lord is the one to fight the enemy. He can blind them with the flame of fire, as he did to Gedion in the old testament .God Bless You All in Jesus name amen.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |