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Korangal valley campaign Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) Date June 28, 2005 - April 14, 2010 Location Korangal Valley, Kunar province, Afghanistan Result Taliban victory (US troops withdraw, Taliban strategic victory) Belligerents  United States  Afghanistan Taliban insurgents Strength 120 US soldiers Unknown Casualties and losses US casualties 42 killed and several hundred wounded ANA casualties Larger number of soldiers killed than US forces Unknown v · d · e War in Afghanistan (2001–present) Timelines 2001 · 2002 · 2003 · 2004 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 Battles and operations v · d · e Invasion Crescent Wind · Rhino · Mazari Sharif · Kunduz · Herat · Kabul · Tawin Kowt · Shawali Kowt · Sayyd Alma Kalay · Qala-i-Jangi · Kandahar · Tora Bora · Dasht-i-Leili v · d · e Helmand Province Campaign Lejay · Eagle Fury · Lashkar Gah · Mountain Thrust · Sangin · Mountain Fury · Now Zad · Achilles · Musa Qala I · Volcano · Kryptonite · Silver · Pickaxe-Handle · Hammer · Nasrat · Musa Qala II · Garmsir · Eagle's Summit · Hyderabad · Red Dagger · Shahi Tandar · Diesel · Mar Lewe · Panther's Claw · Strike of the Sword · Dahaneh · Cobra's Anger · Moshtarak · Tor Shezada v · d · e Kandahar Province Medusa · Avalanche · Kaika · Panjwaii · Falcon Summitt · Hoover · Luger · Kamin · Shah Wali Kot · 1st Kandahar · Spin Boldak · Sarposa Prison · Arghandab · Wech Baghtu · 2nd Kandahar · Nadahan wedding bombing · Hamkari · Dragon Strike v · d · e Eastern Afghanistan Anaconda (Takur Ghar) · Warrior Sweep · Jacana · Haven Denial · Mountain Resolve · Tar Heels · Korangal valley (Red Wings) · Afghanya · Ebrahimkhel · Jaji border incident · Nangar Khel · South Korean hostages · Wanat · Alasay · Kamdesh · Narang · Khataba · Bad Pakh · Bulldog Bite v · d · e Kabul Province 1st Kabul · Hotel Serena · 1st Indian Embassy · Uzbin · Feb 2009 Kabul raid · 2nd Indian Embassy · Bakhtar guest house · NATO headquarters · Jan 2010 Kabul raid · Feb 2010 Kabul raid · May 2010 Kabul bombing · NATO convoy v · d · e Kunduz Province Campaign Kunduz airstrike · Oqab · Sahda Ehlm · Gala-e Gorg · Harekate Yolo · Karez Mountain Viper · Asbury Park · Perth · Chora · Firebase Anaconda · Shewan · Balamorghab · Derapet · Airstrikes Sayyd Alma Kalay · Gora Prai · Azizabad · Granai · Deh Bala · Sangin · Uruzgan Insurgent attacks Bagram Air Base · Baghlan · Camp Chapman The Korangal Valley campaign was a series of military operations conducted by ISAF forces against Taliban insurgents in the Korangal Valley in Kunar province, Afghanistan, from June 2005 to April 2010. The campaign ended with a US withdrawal from the valley, after suffering heavy casualties, and a Taliban takeover of the area. On June 28, 2005, a US special forces operation, called Operation Red Wings, was conducted in Korangal in an attempt to find and eliminate a Taliban commander. A four-man Navy Seals team was ambushed on a ridge above the valley; three members were killed, and a Chinook helicopter sent to rescue them was shot down, killing another 16 soldiers, including eight more Navy Seals. The fourth member of the team was missing in action for several days before being rescued. In April 2006, US Marines took over the sawmill and lumberyard in the valley and used them to build the Korangal Outpost. After that, they continued in an attempt to penetrate the six-mile-long valley, but never made it more than halfway. The only area that US forces controlled was the northern part, while the southern part of the valley was under Taliban control from start to finish. There were only two missions to the valley’s southern end since 2005. In the words of the executive officer of Second Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, it would have taken a battalion-size force to make a foray there.[1] Most of the opposition encountered by Coalition troops were not Taliban or Al Qaeda members, but the Korangalis themselves. From time to time some Taliban forces and Al Qaeda operatives passed through the valley, but the hostility mostly came from the valley's inhabitants. Later on the Korangalis joined the insurgency. The valley was used as a route for infiltrating weapons and fighters into Afghanistan.[2] US positions were attacked with rockets and mortars on an almost daily basis and their patrols ambushed after advancing only a few hundred meters outside the wire. After years of sustained fighting and casualties with little evident progress, the US military closed Korangal Outpost on April 14, 2010 a decision made by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Five days after the US retreat, a video aired by Al Jazeera showed Taliban fighters among the remains of the former American outpost.[3] Forty-two American service men died fighting in the Korangal and hundreds were wounded, primarily between the years of 2006 and 2009. Many Afghan soldiers died there as well, in part because they had poorer equipment. The valley has been dubbed "The Valley of Death" by American forces. For his actions during a firefight in Korangal in October 2007, staff sergeant Salvatore Giunta received the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor. He was the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the award. When his patrol was ambushed on October 25, 2007, Giunta managed to save his teams' sergeant, sargeant Joshua Brennan, from being dragged away by two Taliban fighters and captured. When Giunta saw Brennan being taken away, after he was wounded in the initial burst of fire, he rushed the enemy killing one of the fighters and wounding the second. After that, he carried Brennan to safety, however Brennan died a few days later of his wounds. Professional British photographer Tim Hetherington won the World Press Photo award for 2007 with a shot he took while reporting on the war in Korangal valley for Vanity Fair magazine in January 2008.[4] Sebastian Junger's (2010) book War documents his experiences while embedded with a US Army company in the Korangal valley. References ^ ^ ^ ^ Vanity Fair article v · d · e Afghan War Invasion and occupation Order of battle · Operations · International Security Assistance Force · Taliban insurgency · Drone attacks in Pakistan Casualties and losses Coalition casualties (U.S. - U.K. - Canadian - German - other) · Afghan forces casualties · Insurgent casualties · Civilian casualties · Aircraft losses Controversy Bagram torture and prisoner abuse · Guantanamo Bay detention camp · Salt Pit · Dasht-i-Leili massacre · Shinwar shooting · Hyderabad airstrike · Nangar Khel incident · Deh Bala wedding party bombing · Azizabad airstrike · Wech Baghtu wedding party attack · Granai airstrike · Kunduz airstrike · Narang night raid · Khataba raid · Uruzgan helicopter attack · Sangin airstrike · FOB Ramrod 'kill team' · Tarok Kolache · Manogi airstrike Reactions Afghan War documents leak · International public opinion · Opposition · Protests Afghan War at Wikinews · Commons