The military offensive in Marjah in southern Afghanistan is a crucial test of the US president's new strategy in the country.

It is also the first major ground operation since Barack Obama ordered 30,000 additional troops to the country.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds went to the US state of Vermont, which has been hit hard by continued troop deployments, for a war already into its eighth year (24 Feb 2010).

Source: Al Jazeera