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In pictures: Operation Achilles

J company, 42 Commando Royal Marines

British forces have taken part in a multi-national offensive to clear Taleban insurgents from the town of Sangin in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

42 Commando Royal Marines

The mission was part of the Nato-led Operation Achilles, which aims to maintain security in the region to allow the Afghan government to take charge.

J company, 42 Commando Royal Marines

Members from J Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, led the UK taskforce in the assault known as operation Silver.

42 Commando Royal Marines

Operation Achilles will eventually involve more than 4,500 Nato troops and almost 1,000 Afghan soldiers.

Royal Marines and a Land Rover of 42 Commando

The British were backed by troops from Estonia, Denmark and members of the Afghan National Security Forces. The US, Canada and the Netherlands provided air support.

42 Commando Royal Marines playing with a ball

The marines take a break from the advance on Sangin. The UK said significant gains had been made in pushing the Taleban from the area.

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