US Marines at Kandahar air base upon the end of combat operations in Helmand October 27, 2014. © Omar Sobhani / Reuters
CNN: US Marines return to volatile Afghan province
(CNN)The US Marines are back in Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province for the first time since the NATO-led international coalition ended its combat operations three years ago.
At least 300 Marines have been deployed to the southwestern province, the site of many battles during the Afghan war. They will train, advise and assist Afghan soldiers and police.
"The Marines have landed," Task Force Southwest said on its Facebook page. They are replacing US Army advisers.
The rural swath has a strong Taliban presence and is a center of the opium trade in the country. The US military says it wants to help Afghan forces stymie the drug trade because Taliban militants use it to help fund their operations.
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