Operation Rhino
Operation Rhino was a raid by the United States
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 Army Rangers on several Taliban targets in and around Kandahar
Kandahar is the second largest city in Afghanistan, with a population of about 512,200 as of 2011. It is the capital of Kandahar Province, located in the south of the country at about 1,005 m above sea level...

, Afghanistan
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 during the early stages of the Afghanistan War
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, as the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Afghan United Front launched Operation Enduring Freedom...

. On the night of October 19th, 2001, a company-sized element of approximately 200 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment parachuted from four Lockheed MC-130 aircraft onto a desert landing strip south of the city on an "objective Rhino". After securing the landing zone, the Rangers raided and secured a number of locations around Kandahar.

The raid was met with little resistance from the Taliban, although some documents were captured, the raid did little to change the overall situation on the ground. In November 2001, the United States Marine Corps
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 would establish a base on the landing zone called Camp Rhino
Camp Rhino
Forward operating base Rhino, also known as Camp Rhino, was the first US land base established in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. It was located in the Registan Desert, southwest of Kandahar.-History:...

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