Korengal Valley, Afghanistan

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Tue, 2008-12-23 10:38 by Hans-Georg

I picked this out of a list of best journalism, which may contain more good pieces. Have a look, if you like.

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Into the Valley of Death

by Sebastian Junger
January 2008

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A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda,
Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of
terrain in the world for U.S. forces. One platoon is considered
the tip of the American spear. Its men spend their days in a
surreal combination of backbreaking labor—building outposts on
rocky ridges—and deadly firefights, while they try to avoid the
mistakes the Russians made. Sebastian Junger and photographer
Tim Hetherington join the platoon’s painfully slow advance, as
its soldiers laugh, swear, and run for cover, never knowing
which of them won’t make it home.

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