The "clearing phase" in the city of Marja is over, the U.S. military says. Now troops are in the "holding phase".
The fight to take back the city began thirteen days ago. Now, much of the city is controlled by Afghan and coalition troops. People are going back to their homes. Businesses are reopening.
However, Geoff Morell of the U.S. Defense Department says, "We're still losing troops." Roadside bombs are the greatest danger.
More Americans than Afghans have been killed or wounded. Morell says this is because Americans often take the more dangerous missions. Also, the enemy sees more value in killing them. However, Afghan soldiers are doing their part.
"They match us one for one on the ground," says Morell.Source
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