Pech River

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Coordinates: 34°52′17.15″N 71°9′33.76″E / 34.8714306°N 71.1593778°E / 34.8714306; 71.1593778
Peche River
Pech River, Kunar, 2009-04-19 -b.jpg
Members of TF Spartan during an assessment of the river valley in April 2008.
Country Afghanistan
Part of Kunar RiverKabul RiverIndus River
Tributaries
 - left Waygal River
Source
 - coordinates 35°26′8.87″N 70°32′8.65″E / 35.4357972°N 70.5357361°E / 35.4357972; 70.5357361
Secondary source
 - elevation 4,476 m (14,685 ft)
Mouth Kunar River
 - location Asadabad
 - elevation 812 m (2,664 ft)
 - coordinates 34°52′17.15″N 71°9′33.76″E / 34.8714306°N 71.1593778°E / 34.8714306; 71.1593778

The Pech river is located in eastern Afghanistan. The Pech River system is fed from glaciers and snow from the Hindu Kush to its north. The river rises in central Nuristan Province and flows south and southeasterly through the center of Kunar Province, joining the Kunar River (Asmar River, Loy Seend) at the provincial capital of Asadabad. The river has numerous tributaries forming valleys on both sides. These include the Chapa Dara, Waygal, Korangal Valley (site of the Restrepo film), Watapur and Sharyak.

In the Pech Valley, Pashto as well as Askunu language is spoken. The Safi tribe of Pashtuns are the majority population in the Pech Valley. The largest settlement is Nangalam, at the junction of the Pech River and Waygal River.

There are a series of U.S. bases along the river valley in Kunar Province; the names of the some of them are VPB California, VPB Florida, and Combat Main, the largest of these being Camp Blessing, near Nangalam. In 2008 a paved road from Asadabad to Nangalam was completed along the north bank of the Pech.

In 2012 the book "Siren's Song: The Allure of War" by Antonio Salinas was published. The book depicts the experience of an American Platoon operating in the Pech river valley.

Fields along the Pech River.

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