View Full Version : Why the US retreat from the Korengal Valley?

Paul Rigby
04-23-2010, 07:36 PM
For the conventional "alternative" view, follow this link:


U.S. military suffers major defeat in Korengal Valley, forced to retreat

By James Circello

The U.S. military has retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, after spending over four years trying to hold the ground. The U.S. forces even negotiated the terms of their defeat, paying the resistance fighters and leaving them the base fully intact with buildings, fuel, generators and military equipment, in order to be allowed a peaceful retreat out of the valley.

OK, then, it was all a ghastly imperial mistake. But was it really necessary to leave such a well-stocked base intact? Could there be another motive?

Hypothetically speaking, imagine a change of strategy and power relations within the US. Imagine, hypothetically speaking, a transfer of power from Pentagon (very expensive) to CIA (less expensive) - and the ambition to set Central Asia ablaze by proxy. How would you seek to disguise such a change in strategy?

You could always retreat leaving vast arsenals to be inherited by your proxy armies...

So who will inherit these arsenals so skittishly left behind by the retreating Pentagon?

Ah, yes, the CIA's Chechen & Al Qaida proxies, among others:


The Korengal Valley is located in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 120 miles east of Kabul. This mountainous region is surrounded by remote farms and villages that run along the Pakistani border. The isolated setting is an infamous stronghold for Taliban fighters.

The regionís higher ground is composed of deeply wooded mountains, which make for common hideouts among Taliban and al Qaeda rebels. The area provides the terrorists easy access in and out of Pakistan, and the province is rife with shadowy, rough terrain US forces find difficult to navigate. Many authorities believe it is in this region, or the surrounding borderland, where Osama bin Laden is in hiding

Most recently, fighters from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Chechnya have been reportedly crossing the border to aid al Qaeda in its jihad against US and US-led forces in Afghanistan. The regionís increasing insurgency and violent attacks by Taliban and foreign fighters has skyrocketed in the past two months, during which time nearly 100 people, including more than 25 US soldiers, have been killed by rebels vowing to disrupt Afghanís legislative elections, which will be held next month.

As the Pentagon begins the slow, murderous process of folding its tent in Afghanistan, keep an eye out for anti-imperialists bearing schadenfreude and simple-minded explanations. It's almost certainly the CIA yet again "under left cover."