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 in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, 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 Kings" in Pashto 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 Soviet–Afghan War, as the battle for Hill 3234.

In 2002 the valley was also the scene of Operation Anaconda, one of the largest battles of the War in Afghanistan.[1][2][3]

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