Pech River

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Pech 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; 71.1593778Coordinates: 34°52′17.15″N 71°9′33.76″E / 34.8714306°N 71.1593778°E / 34.8714306; 71.1593778
Fields along the Pech River.

The Pech River (Pashto: پېچ سيند‎) is located in eastern Afghanistan.

Course[edit]

The Pech River system is fed from glaciers and snow from the Hindu Kush range 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 Kunar River is a tributary of the Kabul River, part of the Indus River basin.

The river has numerous tributaries forming valleys on both sides. These include the Chapa Dara, Waygal, Korangal Valley (site of the film Restrepo), Watapur, and Sharyak valleys.

Culture[edit]

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 river's largest settlement is Nangalam, at the confluence of the Waygal River with the Pech River.

Military history[edit]

There were a series of U.S. military bases along the Pech River Valley in Kunar Province, including COP Honaker-Miracle, COP Able Main, COP Michigan, and the largest − FOB Blessing. Most were closed after 2011. In 2012 former FOB Blessing was abandoned by the Afghan National Army (ANA), and the 25th Infantry division returned to reestablish 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.

The 2012 book "Siren's Song: The Allure of War", by Antonio Salinas, depicts the experience of an American Platoon operating in the Pech River Valley.

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