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Sgt. Cameron Stewart of 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon Fox Company of 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, rests during a patrol at the Donkeys Checkpoint in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan Saturday July 24, 2010. Fox Company of the 2-6 Marines, from Camp Lejeune NC, based at COP Turbett near the Kuru-Cherey bazaar, took over this section of central and eastern Marjah one month ago, relieving 1-6 Marines who had conducted the initial assault into this Taliban stronghold in February. Marjah is a farming area constructed in the 1950's by USAID, and is a major poppy growing area as well as an economic engine for the Taliban. After the Marine invasion in summer 2009, despite being considered a "friendly" area because of it's historical ties to the US, it soon became a Taliban stronghold after fighters were pushed out of other districts. 2-6 Marines are implementing a "COIN" strategy that is people focused, and hopes to expand bubbles of security that the Marines have established, against a backdrop of more frequent and violent Taliban attacks.