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Sgt. Timothy Stokes of Squad 2 2nd Platoon of Fox Company, 2nd Battallion 6th Marines, talks with his headquarters as local farmers pause to watch his patrol in Marjah, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. Fox Company of the 2-6 Marines, based at Camp Lejeune NC, 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 was known as "little America." 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.