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Dear Lord in Heaven:
Hear us this day. We come to you with humble requests that you will cradle our US Marines and support troops in your most incredibly Powerful Arms. Guide and care for them at all times as things 'ratchet up', that they might protect and provide for the very essence of your Kingdom on earth, until such time as we see your dear Son Jesus here face-to-face.
When possible, keep our warriors out of harm's way. When risk is unavoidable, cripple our foes to the point of paralysis. Give our warriors tools they might not realize they have, through your great Goodness and Might. Tell our warriors through their ears and hearts that YOU are right here...with them!
Embolden your warriors all. Lord God, let your dear children feel your extraordinary Presence in battle, as they fight for the very existence of life as we know it in the United States of America.
Thank you, Father. You have never failed us and You never will and for this we are abundantly thankful.
We pray these things in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Reverend Barbara Sexton "Dear Ones Healing Ministry"
Marines Under Fire Ahead of Assault
February 10, 2010
U.S. Marines came under attack from insurgents armed with sniper guns and rocket-propelled grenades as they geared up Wednesday to overwhelm a Taliban bastion in Afghanistan.
Thousands of Marines along with foreign and Afghan soldiers are taking up position around the town of Marjah in Helmand, which officials say is one of the last areas of the southern province under Taliban control.
The flow of residents fleeing the imminent offensive has slowed, provincial officials said, after loaded-down cars, trucks, tractors and buses clogged roads from Marjah to provincial capital Lashkah Gar for days.
"We have announced and told people in Marjah not to leave their houses as our operation is well planned and designed to target the enemy," said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal.
"Civilians will not be harmed," he said. Another 75 families had left Marjah, on top of 164 families who left
earlier, the spokesman said. Other officials have said more than 400 families have fled.
The operation, expected to begin in days, will be the biggest push since U.S. President Obama announced a new surge of troops to Afghanistan and one of the biggest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion defeated the Taliban regime.
It is seen as a key test of a comprehensive counter-insurgency strategy that aims to follow up what officials predict will be a decisive military victory by establishing Afghan government control.
But Taliban fighters appear defiant in the face of the enormous fire power being amassed in the region, where they have held sway for years in tandem with drug traffickers.
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