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 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.
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