The Afghan army raised the national flag Wednesday over the main market in the southern town at the center of a major offensive against the Taliban.
Officials said that while troops have captured the main bazaar in Marjah, they are not yet fully in control of the area.
An Afghan military commander says Taliban fighters are increasingly using civilians as "human shields" against the Afghan and NATO offensive in Helmand province. General Mohiudin Ghori says the Taliban have been seen ordering women and children to stand on the roofs of houses while the militants fire weapons around them.
His claim has not been independently confirmed.