Marines make first extended stay in Zaranj, talk security, development



ZARANJ, Afghanistan  — For the first time since Marines assumed the operational lead of the NATO mission in Helmand and Nimroz provinces, a group of Marines spent an extended stay in Zaranj, the capital of the remote Nimroz province along the Iranian border.

As with previous trips to Zaranj, which is located in the extreme southwestern part of Afghanistan, the Marines came to mentor Afghan National Security Forces leaders.
However, the longer stay meant the Marines had to take extra efforts in security measures.

“We are a mile and a half from the Iranian border,” said Gunnery. Sgt. Philip M. Collins, operations chief for Regional Command Southwest’s Afghan National Security Forces Development section and a native of Chicago. “We are far away from any of our coalition partners.”

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