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Marines in Afghanistan Take Down Social Media Account Over Operational Security Concerns

Marines in Afghanistan Take Down Social Media Account Over Operational Security Concerns by Shawn Snow and Meghann Meyers - Marine Corps Times

A small group of Marine advisers operating out of Helmand province, Afghanistan, have taken down their Facebook account citing operational security concerns.

Task Force Southwest is now in its third rotation to Afghanistan, having taken over the Helmand battlespace from rotation two at the tail end of October.

The Facebook account associated with the Marine advisers has been active over its past two deployment cycles, since the Marines returned to Helmand in spring 2017.

“With regards to our Facebook page, we are currently re-evaluating how we are disseminating information, especially given operational security concerns,” Capt. Peter Koerner, a Marine spokesman with Task Force Southwest, told Marine Corps Times. “We will still continue to publish releasable content on DVIDS and through the Resolute Support social media accounts.”

Task Force Southwest’s social media accounts have been helpful in disseminating information and updates about the progress and mission of the Marines in Helmand as they continue to rebuild and advise Afghan security forces in the volatile province…

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