February 15th, 2010
07:41 AM ET

Operation Moshtarak so far

NATO troops in Afghanistan launched their biggest offensive of the war early Saturday Afghanistan-time (Friday ET), attacking what they call the last Taliban stronghold in Marjah, in the war-scarred southern province of Helmand.

Get up to speed with some of the highlights leading up to the offensive and the days after, below.  (Or read all posts about Operation Moshtarak)

Monday, February 8
Worst-kept secret of the war in Afghanistan
It’s the worst kept secret of the Afghan war and is expected to be the largest NATO operation since the war began in 2001. Military officials have been saying for months the next major battle would be in Marjah. And still today, the voices are more abundant and even louder on the impending battle.
Related: Why is the military publicizing its upcoming operations in Afghanistan? | More about Marjah Q&A: Why Marjah, why now?

Tuesday, February 9
Generals rally troops for Operation Moshtarak

Friday, February 12
Military: Leaflet drop warning a prelude to major Afghan battle

Friday, February 12
NATO troops launch major Afghanistan offensive | More about Operation Moshtarak

Saturday, February 13
Day 1: 'So far, so good' in Marjah | Video inside Marjah, day 1

Sunday, February 14
Civilians killed as Moshtarak enters 2nd tough day | Video inside Marjah, day 2

Monday, February 15
Afghan officials: Taliban resistance waning

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