Fiction Of Marja As City Was U.S. Propaganda

For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against what it was told was a city of 80,000 people as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marja was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centers in Helmand province.

But as Inter Press Services Gareth Porter points out, the picture of Marja presented by military officials and major news media was one of dramatic misinformation, apparently aimed at hyping the offensive as a historic turning point in the conflict.

In reality, Marja is not a city or even a real town, but either a few clusters of farmers’ homes or a large agricultural area covering much of the southern Helmand River Valley.

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  1. I only saw Marja as a stronghold. Afghanistan isn't like the war in Iraq where we needed to take key cities. Most of Afghanistan is small town and a big expanse of fields, kind of like Vietnam. The big cities don't really hold any sway over these small towns.

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