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Realities of war: "The Battle for Marjah" tonight on HBO

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Another good HBO documentary is on tonight.

"The Battle for Marjah" is the story of the U.S. Marines’ battle to liberate a key Afghanistan town, as told by journalist Ben Anderson, who spent two months with the American forces there.

Anderson offers an intimate look at the brutal realities of modern-day warfare in the United States' largest offensive in the war to date.

Here's more info from HBO: Operation Moshtarak was the first attack launched after the administration announced plans to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, serving as a key test of the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy against the Taliban. The campaign had four distinct phases: clear Marjah of Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.

In addition to chronicling the operation, "The Battle for Marjah" asks whether the policy is a successful prototype for winning this kind of war.

Tonight's premiere marks the first anniversary of that historic battle.

"The Battle for Marjah" airs at 9pm on HBO.

Check out the trailer below.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.