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Marines of 4th Squad 2nd Platoon, Fox Co. of 2nd Battalion 6th Marines clear a compound where they received fire from Taliban insurgents near the intersection of Route Bears and Route Marcy in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. 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.