Stalemate in Korengal

“… These are experienced fighters and, well, they have weaknesses. They are not particularly good shots, they are not particularly heavily equipped. They sometimes, don’t seem to have a great deal of ammunition. While they have all of these weaknesses, they also have a variety of strengths. They know the local terrain better than the Americans ever will.They are fully acclimated. They know exactly where they can move without being seen by the Americans…”

That’s right. The stalemate in the Korengal valley in Kunar more or less sums up the nature of the battles being fought in Afghanistan. The villagers will shake your hands, face you with a promising smile and tell you stories but at the end of the day, they have more interests in common with the Taliban than they will ever have with the “uncommitted” kaapir foreigners from the other side of the planet.

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