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Afghan offensive: Day 3

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN (AP)--The Taliban appear to be using the cover of darkness to slip behind U.S. lines in Marjah.

Marines and Afghan soldiers came under repeated counterattacks in the Taliban's Helmand province stronghold today.

Small, mobiles teams of insurgents fired rifles, rockets and grenades at the joint force from the cover of compounds already deemed free of weapons and explosives.

By midday, at least six large gunbattles were being fought across the town, too many for helicopter gunships to cover them all.

Troops say the strict rules of engagement aimed at protecting civilians are making it difficult to use enough firepower to stop the attacks.

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