‘It feels like Groundhog Day’: US Marines return to Helmand province

When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama’s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful province for Afghans to take over.

Two years after the US flag was lowered, however, the Marines are back, in a sign that things turned out rather differently.

“It feels like Groundhog Day,” said Staff Sergeant Robin Spotts, on his third Helmand deployment. About half of the 300 Marines who have arrived over the past two weeks have served in Helmand before. Even the flag raised in a ceremony on Saturday was the same, having been kept at the Pentagon since October 2014.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Afghan people are worthless, lying pieces of human garbage and the totality of them are not worth a single American life.
    Use gas

    • ntt1

      just to stir the feces a bit, i would like to see bulk buying of opium at the farm gate in order to supply the heroin addicts with a clean source of opiates until they either straighten up and fly right or die. guaranteed it would be cheaper than the present catch and release and the incredable draw on EMT s to save their sorry asses when they over dose., give out free drugs in a structured setting under commital and let them do as they wish including DNR overdoses

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    What’s the point?

    • Watchman

      Unlike the movie Groundhog Day, those that died the first time around remain dead, and we seem to have learnt nothing from the first time around, unlike Bill Murray’s character.

  • mauser 98

    US troops deployed at Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkish & Kurdish forces

    ..what could go wrong?