Ever since Marjah became one of the most famous “cities” in the world, I have been scanning the internet for images of it, and although I found thousands of photos tagged “Marjah,” or “Marja,” almost none of them show anything that looks like so much as a village, much less a city where somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 people are supposed to dwell, and all that my many Google image searches turned up was a few tiny photos of almost nothing at all.
For example, the caption under this image from the Indian Express says…
US Marines walk in a column as they enter Marja in Helmand province on Saturday.
It’s like a joke! Entering Marjah! There’s about as much evidence of human habitation as in photos that come back from Mars!
But eventually a few TV reporters entered Marjah, and since TV reporters have to stand in front of something, the BBC found something in Marjah for their reporter to stand in front of.
And that’s “liberated” Marjah, insofar as I could find any representation of it on the internet.