Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

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For too many of us, it's the forgotten war. High up along the rocky ridges of eastern Afghanistan, American soldiers are fighting a grueling fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. And they're doing it the old-fashioned way: up close and personal.

In the Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous places in the world for U.S. troops, the combat is non-stop and stripped down: a gun on the shoulder, feet on the ground.

Writer Sebastian Junger and filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington have been embedded with the 503rd Infantry.

This hour, On Point: in the valley of death with Second Platoon.Guests:

Sebastian Junger, correspondent for Vanity Fair. His article, "Into the Valley of Death" appears in the January 2008 issue.

Tim Hetherington, filmmaker and photojournalist. His photographs accompany Junger's article "Into the Valley of Death."

This program aired on December 6, 2007.


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