The Magnificent Bastards are coming home.
Second Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., is returning to the U.S. this week after a seven-month deployment. Most of the unit was based in Musa Qala, but the unit also pressed into neighboring Kajaki district at times as part of an effort to squash the insurgency there.
The battalion will be replaced downrange by a sister unit, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. Its Marines will continue to push the Taliban as far as they can from population centers, facing a mix of small-arms ambushes, improvised explosive devices and other threats.
For 2/4, the deployment was complicated. As a New York Times magazine piece pointed out in February, the unit pushed into “the hinterlands” of their area of operations — and even beyond. In one example, the unit pushed into nearby Zamindawar, a historically violent area in a remote section of western Kajaki district.