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Wesley Morgan first visited the Pech in 2010, as a college student embedded with U.S. military units as a freelance journalist. His meticulously researched book,The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley, functions as both a first-hand account of a rugged battlespace and a detailed history of the interactions between the Pech River Valley’s residents and the foreign soldiers, terrorist groups, and Taliban that passed through. The Hardest Place documents a mission that came to epitomize the dysfunction, unclear objectives, and mission creep of America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan.
Join a discussion with the author that delves into the experiences and dysfunctions of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. He will be joined by Dan Berschinski who served as a U.S. Army officer in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley in Kandahar province. The conversation will be moderated by QI’s Adam Weinstein who served as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province.