Bombs slow US advance in Afghan town

U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Michael G. Patangan, right, from Houston, Texas, with Charlie Company, Task Force Talon, and U.S. Marines, carry one of three wounded Taliban fighters captured after a firefight, according to the Marines on the ground, in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday Feb. 13, 2010. U.S. Army Task Force Pegasus aero-medical crews are supporting U.S. Marines who are taking the Taliban-held town of Marjah in a major offensive to break the extremists' grip over a wide area of their southern heartland and re-establish government control. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

February 13, 2010 2:09:19 PM PST
Bombs and booby traps slowed the advance of thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers moving Saturday through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah - NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip over their southern heartland.