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 ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper on Christopher Closeup with Tony Rossi

ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper on Christopher Closeup with Tony Rossi

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper. In the summer of 2006, the Army decided to build a small outpost in the largely-unexplored Nuristan Province of Afghanistan, which shared a border with Pakistan. The goal was to stop Taliban fighters and their weapons from crossing into Afghanistan. Also on the agenda was befriending the locals and investing in their communities. The good intentions, unfortunately, didn’t lead to simple resolutions.Tapper points out that this was a province “mythically untamed.” Another problem was that the outpost would be situated in the deepest part of a valley surrounded by three mountains that could, at any time, “be filled with people who wanted to kill those stationed there.” With impassable roads and minimal space for helicopters to fly in supplies or re-enforcements, more than one person noted that this was “a really bad idea.”

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