Taliban claims victory over Afghan valley

Korengal Valley, dubbed the Valley of Death by US forces, was frequently the scene of heavy fighting.

Taliban claims victory over Afghan valley

Taliban insurgents have claimed that the group recaptured the Korengal valley in eastern Afghanistan, seizing huge piles of ammunition from foreign troops.

The group retook the mountainous region after US military forces left the area last week.

According to US officials, the withdrawal in Kunar province was "a repositioning of forces" following a decision by General Stanley McChrystal, head of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, to concentrate resources on urban areas.

Taliban fighters told Al Jazeera they intended to make use of the US camp and launch attacks to capture more territory in the region.

They also claimed that they had captured tonnes of fuel and ammunition left behind by US forces.

"There is a lot of ammunition left behind – mortars, rockets, and missiles. This, God willing, we will [use] against them," Anwar, a local Taliban commander, told the report.

Korengal Valley, dubbed the Valley of Death by US forces, was frequently the scene of heavy fighting. At least 42 US troops were killed there over the past five years.


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