Video: Taliban take over former U.S. base in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters swarmed over a mountaintop base abandoned last week…

Taliban fighters swarmed over a mountaintop base abandoned last week by the U.S. military following some of the toughest fighting of the Afghan war, according to footage on a major satellite television station.

The video aired Monday by Al-Jazeera television is a morale booster for Taliban fighters, though the U.S. insists the decision to withdraw from the base in the Korengal Valley was sound and the area has no strategic value.

The footage showed armed men walking through the former U.S. base, which was strewn with litter and empty bottles, and sitting atop sandbagged gun positions overlooking the steep hillsides and craggy landscape. Fighters said they recovered fuel and ammunition. But a U.S. spokesman said ammunition had been evacuated and the fuel handed over to local residents.

Source: Associated Press

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  • Jorge

    WHY CANT WE BOMB THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF THIS FORMER BASE AND WIPE OUT THE TALIBAN IN IT? ALONG WITH THE PROPAGANDIST REPORTER.