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Marines from 3rd Squad 2nd Platoon Fox Company of 2nd Battalion 6th Marines fire on a compound during a firefight with Taliban insurgents along Route Donkeys in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan Monday July 26, 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.