A thoughtful, in-depth and often moving piece of reporting from US National Public Radio. Well worth reading for a number of reasons, it covers: - US Marines' critique of UK Army/Marines' tactics in Sangin; - The aggressive tactical approach taken by the Darkhorse battalion in and outside the town; - Their heavy casualties (25 KIA, 184 WIA; heaviest toll in Afghan War; Pentagon mulled withdrawal); - How the Marines achieved (or defined, if you prefer) victory; - Their feelings as to whether the sacrifice was worth it; and - The strain on wives and families - including of the wounded and dead - on the home front. SNIP It was just over a year ago that Morris took nearly 1,000 Marines to a place in Helmand called Sangin. It was a haven for Taliban fighters and drug traffickers, a place where the British lost more than 100 troops in four years. But the British failed to push out and pursue the enemy, and the Taliban continued to control much of the area. It was Morris' job to take it back. At the time, Lt. Gen. Rich Mills was the senior Marine commander in Helmand. He says what Morris' unit went through was as brutal as anything in the history of the Marines. "It stands alone in the Afghanistan situation as probably being one of the tougher missions ever handed to an infantry battalion," Mills says. "It's very rare. I certainly would compare it to some of the amphibious assaults during World War II, places like Guadalcanal," he adds. SNIP Read the rest on your own: Part 1: For One Commander, Afghan Success Comes At High Price : NPR Part 2: An Afghan Hell On Earth For 'Darkhorse' Marines : NPR Part 3: As Casualties Mounted, So Did Marine Families' Fears : NPR Part 4: Strategy Behind A Marine Unit's Dangerous Mission : NPR Part 5: A Marine's Death, And The Family He Left Behind : NPR Part 6 Sangin Timeline: Timeline: 'Darkhorse' Marines' Deadly Afghan Mission : NPR Part 7 ...?