Marines in battle-torn Helmand Province are finding that the size and heft of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles offer limited utility. The terrain of the region, coupled with the nature of their counterinsurgency campaign, is forcing Marines to spend most of their time on foot instead, despite the threat of buried bombs. The vast majority—about 90%—of combat patrols and operations conducted by Marines in the Garmsir region of Helmand Province are dismounted, says Lt. Col. ...


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