The unstable district of Marjah, Afghanistan has been cleared by Afghan forces after four long years of control by the Taliban. Skeptics are not quite convinced that Afghan forces can hold Marjah from the Taliban for very long though. An Afghan forces operation involving the U.S. special operations forces that included the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt II was launched in mid-November. Military officials have not confirmed whether Marines and the Task Force Southwest, a small advisory group from the Helmand province, helped with the operation, or if there were other U.S. air support assets. An anonymous U.S. source did report that American commandos and Afghan partners were backed by U.S. aircrafts as they pushed into Marjah. Boasting about their success in the operation, the Afghan government revealed in a press release that they killed 37 Taliban fighters, including Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Bari. Despite such success, it came at a cost when there was a roadside bomb explosion that killed Afghan General Zahir Gul Muqbil.