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A dog lunges at a Marine from 3rd Squad 2nd Platoon Fox Company of 2nd Battalion 6th Marines negotiates drinks tea with some local men while on patrol along Route Elephants in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan Sunday July 25, 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.