It is a military expeditionary base utilized by the United States Marine Corps. Located along the Helmand River Valley in Nawa-l-Barakzayi, this was originally built by the British Army of Task Force Helmand in 2008. Its location, the Nawa district is located in the far south of Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. This is a mountainous region with an estimated population if 29,054 in 2002. Forty-five percent of the population is children under 12. The New York Times and Washington Post featured articles regarding military operations in the district in 2009. Majority of the residents live in homes built through the use of mud.Agriculture in this region is greatly affected and weakened by drought since the main sources of water are shallow wells. Shortage of clinics and schools are also noticeable.

The members of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade took control after it was transferred in June 2009. It was the setting of the documentary film Patrol Base Jaker.

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