Saturday, February 26, 2011
Over 1,500 dead for a lie...
The US military has begun pulling soldiers out of the Pech valley in eastern Afghanistan, a location once said to be vital to the war effort in the region, the Pentagon said Friday...
During the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the Pech valley, located near the border with Pakistan, was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between the Afghan resistance and Soviet soldiers.
The Soviets pulled out of the valley in 1988, and many Afghans saw it as a key turning moment in the war, the Times said. Within six months the mujahedeen resistance groups had taken the valley from the Soviet-supported Afghan army.
Nearly 1,500 US troops have died in Afghanistan in the longest US war, launched in 2001 to root out Al-Qaeda extremists responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States.