US military pulls out of key eastern Afghan valley


WASHINGTON – The US military has begun pulling soldiers out of the Pech valley in eastern Afghanistan, a location once said to be vital to the war effort in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday.
The commander of US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan, Major General John Campbell, is “repositioning” forces “within the province to achieve greater effect and allow for more flexibility,” said Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins, a Pentagon spokesperson.
Campbell, “is moving forces around within his area of responsibility away from isolated static security outposts and more towards protecting the population in Kunar (province),” said Robbins.