Members of TF Spartan during an assessment of the river valley in April 2008.
|Part of||Kunar River → Kabul River → Indus River|
|- left||Waygal River|
|- elevation||4,476 m (14,685 ft)|
|- elevation||812 m (2,664 ft)|
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The Pech River (Pashto: پېچ سيند) 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 were a series of U.S. bases along the river valley in Kunar Province; the names of the some of them were COP Honaker-Miracle, COP Able Main, COP Michigan and the largest FOB Blessing, most were closed after 2011 yer in 2012 what was FOB Blessing had been abandoned by the ANA and the 25th Infantry division returned tore establish the area of influence. The new name was COP Nangalam, with a majority of control in the hands of the ANA. In late 2012 with the ANA in control of and the establishment of ANA Fire bases in and along the area that COP Michigan was the U.S. Army's 4th infantry division 4th brigade combat teams 2nd Battalion 12th infantry regiment "lethal warrior" pulled the American forces from the valley again. In 2008 a paved road from Asadabad to Nangalam was completed along the north bank of the Pech, names MSR Rhode Island by American forces.
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.
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