Marines came under heavy gunfire and sniper attacks since Sunday. When one assault lasted over an hour, they were forced to call in air support — Harrier jets and attack helicopters with Hellfire missiles.
The Marines are also bogged down by booby traps. They advanced only 500 yards Monday.
The Marines’ efforts to close in on Taliban snipers in Marjah’s bazaar came a day after the was attacked several times, showing the Taliban are not confined to one area. Twice the Marines were pushed back. The current conflict could go on for weeks.
SOURCE: UK TIMESONLINEidden enemy delays advance in Marjah