first published on August 9, 2019 by Will
A video from OEF X shows paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team dishing out hate during an enemy attack in the Tangi Valley of southern Wardak province.
The Tangi Valley has ever been devoid of any central Afghan government influence. The local population abides by tribal politics and coercion from Taliban strong-arming.
The contested valley was also the location of the “Extortion 17” tragedy in 2011, in which 38 ISAF troops were killed, including 15 SEAL Team 6 commandos, when a Night Stalkers CH-47 Chinook was shot down.