Operation Angry Cobra
I'm home after observing at very close quarters the US marines push to re-take the town of Now Zad in Helmand Province.
It was an intense and violent experience.
You can see for yourself below how it went, but also the questions that a major initiative like this leaves unanswered.
One thing is clear now the dust has settled. The Afghan timescale can rarely keep pace with the American one - particularly now President Barack Obama has added such a sense of urgency to his Afghan surge.
Only a small proportion of the security forces in the Now Zad area are Afghan, and attempts to get a district governor's office up and running in the wake of the operation are going more slowly than planned.