Pulling out troops in Afghanistan
I wrote today's column about the U.S. withdrawal from the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan, the site of some of the deadliest conflict that American forces have seen in the war. Too late for deadline, I get an e-mail from Brendan O'Byrne, a former Army sergeant who served in the Korengal. This is his reaction on the decision to pull out the remaining troops:
This is combat and everyone knew someday we would pull out. I just don't think I was prepared for the feelings that the day would and has produced. I feel very torn between the feelings of relief and disappointment. It's very relieving to know that no more US Forces will die in that valley, but its hard to not feel terrible for the locals who will have no one to keep the ACM [an acronym for the anti-coalition forces, or the Taliban] from doing what they want.
I sleep well at night knowing that Battle Company 2/503rd gave their all, some ultimately giving their lives or sustaining permanent injuries, to improve the Korengalis' security and way of living. The men who served there, fought for each other every day and fought honorably. We can hold our heads up high knowing that, though US forces are pulling out of the Korengal, our honor and what we did achieve there cannot be taken away. I think thats what is really important for the men who fought there to remember.
| April 16, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
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