Last U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan's Sangin District (Video)
About 300 Marines departed Forward Operating Bases Nolay and Sabit Qadam in Sangin District, Helmand province, for the final time Sunday, bringing to an end combat operations in what was one of the bloodiest regions of the war in Afghanistan.
The Marine Corps Times reports the Marines made the six-hour trip Sunday from Sangin to Camp Leatherneck in the Washir District of Helmand, guarded by the 2nd and 3rd Brigade of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps throughout the journey.
Sangin has a notorious distinction in the Afghanistan War. Between September 2010 and April 2011, Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (known as the Darkhorse Battalion) endured a seven-month deployment in Sangin. The Darkhorse suffered the biggest loss of life of any combat unit in the war's history; 25 Marines were killed and at least 230 were wounded.