The Battle for the Watapur Valley

Hammer Down
In 2011, a US Army infantry battalion and allied Afghan security forces entered the Watapur Valley in northeastern Afghanistan to destroy an insurgent training base. Before achieving that objective, however, the Soldiers of the 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry and their Afghan partners became decisively engaged with a determined foe on the ridgelines high above the valley. Hammer Down tells the story of that battle and explains its meaning in the larger context of the Afghan Campaign.