In this episode of The Spear, John Amble talks to MWI’s own Maj. Jake Miraldi about the Battle of Barg-e Matal. In 2009, Maj. Miraldi was a platoon leader on his first deployment to Afghanistan. In July, Taliban forces overran the village of Barg-e Matal in eastern Afghanistan’s rugged Nuristan province. Maj. Miraldi and his platoon were part of a force of 100 US and Afghan soldiers sent to retake the village. They planned to be there for 96 hours. It eventually became a battalion mission that kept US soldiers fighting there for two months.

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Image credit: Sgt. Matthew Moeller