Shah-i-Kot Valley

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The Shah-i-Kot Valley (also Shahi-Kot, Shah-e-Kot and other variant spellings) is a valley located in Afghanistan's Paktia province, southeast of the town of Zormat. The terrain in and around the valley is notoriously rugged, located at a mean altitude of 9,000 feet (2,700 m). Shah-i-Kot means "Place of the King" and it has historically been a redoubt for Afghan guerrillas hiding from foreign invaders.

The area was the scene of fierce fighting between the Afghan mujahideen rebels and Soviet forces during the Afghan-Soviet War, as the battle for Hill 3234.

It was also the scene of what was then the largest battle of the U.S.-Afghan War to date.[1][2][3] The Battle of Shah-i-Kot took place during Operation Anaconda, which began on 2 March 2002.


  1. ^ "Afghans: U.S. botched attack". Seattle Times. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  2. ^ "More troops may join fierce ground battle". Seattle Times. 7 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Notebook: Afghans push for surrender". Seattle Times. 10 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-11-19.