[Helmand Province, Afghanistan; July 27. Image via Getty]

US Marines women member (C) of the search team of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade waits to enter the compound as US Marines help the Afghan National Army search compounds for insurgents in Gharmsir district in Helmand Province on July 27, 2009. About 4,000 US Marines are battling insurgents in a massive offensive launched in the south early this month to clear Taliban militants out of strongholds ahead of presidential and provincial council elections scheduled for August 20. AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)