If the Dari translation for “Operation Moshtarak” is “together,” the new translation this week is: “Where’s my Map Quest?”
First described by the Marines as a city of 80,000, news reports eventually ballooned that number to 125,000 during the supposedly milestone battle of Marjah.
Looking at the pictures over the multi-week offensive, it did seem the backgrounds — characteristic of the shot above, and as we see here and here — looked a little sparse. What now comes to light by way of independent reporter Gareth Porter, however , is that — except for some scattered buildings — Marjah is a mirage.
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