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Eric Ortegren is a former Army veteran from 2/503, Battle Company. Here he writes about his experiences in war, and what Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's constant trips to the Korengal Valley to gather the material that would later become RESTREPO meant to him.

Eric Ortegren is a former Army veteran from 2/503, Battle Company. Here he writes about his experiences in war, and what Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's constant trips to the Korengal Valley to gather the material that would later become RESTREPO meant to him.

A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces. One platoon is considered the tip of the American spear. Its men spend their days in a surreal combination of backbreaking labor—building outposts on rocky ridges—and deadly firefights, while they try to avoid the mistakes the Russians made. Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington join the platoon’s painfully slow advance, as…

A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces. One platoon is considered the tip of the American spear. Its men spend their days in a surreal combination of backbreaking labor—building outposts on rocky ridges—and deadly firefights, while they try to avoid the mistakes the Russians made. Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington join the platoon’s painfully slow advance, as…

They fight for us.        Afghanistan, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, 2007    -taken by Tim Hetherington

They fight for us. Afghanistan, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, 2007 -taken by Tim Hetherington

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