Sunday, March 02, 2008

Battle of the Korengal Valley

The Korengal Valley in Kunar Province is the site of the fiercest contest between American-led forces and the terrorist-led forces in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Thanks to Intel Dump for the New York Times story about the battle by Elizabeth Rubin. Thanks to Blackfive for the Vanity Fair story about the battle by Sebastian Junger. Read both.

Excerpt (from Vanity Fair):

The Korengal is so desperately fought over because it is the first leg of a former mujahideen smuggling route that was used to bring in men and weapons from Pakistan during the 1980s. From the Korengal, the mujahideen were able to push west along the high ridges of the Hindu Kush to attack Soviet positions as far away as Kabul. It was called the Nuristan-Kunar corridor, and American military planners fear that al-Qaeda is trying to revive it. If the Americans simply seal off the valley and go around, Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters currently hiding near the Pakistani towns of Dir and Chitral could use the Korengal as a base of operations to strike deep into eastern Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is rumored to be in the Chitral area, as are his second in command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and a clutch of other foreign fighters. While thousands of poorly trained Taliban recruits martyr themselves in southern Afghanistan, bin Laden’s most highly trained fighters ready themselves for the next war, which will happen in the East.

Eric

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