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Korengal Outpost overlooking the Korengal Valley.

The Korengal valley, Afghanistan, is located on the south part of the Pech river. In the east there is Asadabad capital of Kunar Province, in the west there is Chapa Dara district, in the south it is Chawkay district (Diwagal valley). In the south east there is Narang wa Badil district (Badeil Valley), and in the south west - Nurgal district (Mazar valley), which includes Shumast Aret.

Firebase Phoenix was established in the village of Babeyal to act as a security buffer between the villagers and active ACM fighters in the valley. The Korengal Outpost was established at an abandoned lumber yard in April 2006 by Task Force Lava of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and subsequently transferred to Alpha Company, 1-32 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division. Firebase Phoenix was established in the Spring of 2007 by 2nd PLT Alpha Company, 1-32 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division while fighting waged in the villages and mountains. Medical aid was brought to the surrounding villages. During 2007 and 2008, the valley has been the scene of fierce fighting between ISAF's Eastern Command comprised mostly of US forces; and anti-coalition militias, notably the Taliban. Professional British photographer Tim Hetherington won the World Press Photo award for 2007 with a shot he took while reporting on the war in Korangal valley for Vanity Fair magazine in January 2008.


Other spellings

Korengal, Kurangal, Korangal کړنګل کوړنګل کوړينګل


The valley includes more than a dozen villages:

Ali Abad, Kunar (Elabat)
Ashat, Kunar
Bebiyal, Kunar
Darbat, Kunar
Donga, Kunar
Landigal, Kunar
Landigal, Kunar
Hendarok lower, Kunar
Hendarok upper, Kunar
Kandalik, Kunar
Chechal, Kunar
Dakalbat, Kunar
Seipale, Kunar
Yakha China, Kunar
Kandalam, Kunar
Old Korangal, Kunar

Including a few villages of Qalai-Gal- Valley


The valley has 6 big tribes:

  • Baba khel.
  • Ghasu Khel.
  • Langer Khel.
  • Malik Khel.
  • Mutiara Khel.
  • Kathee Khel

The Korangalies are Pashai. They can speak Pashto because the Safi tribes are all around them and they have some integration with Safi tribes.

Agriculture and forestry

The valley has rocky mountains and there is not enough agricultural land but people manage.

The Korangal valley is lushly forested with large trees. Much of the valley's income is due to legal and illegal forestry and timber sales. In 2006, Coalition forces and the government of Afghanistan reclaimed the Lumber Yard and established the first government presence in the valley since before the Soviet Invasion. With the renewed government presence legal timber trade has increased through the valley.

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