Neither the invading Soviets nor the Taliban were able to control the cold, remote Panjshir Valley area in northeast Afghanistan. All up and down the valley, rusty Soviet armor and tanks line the landscape, a testament to the will of the people here to resist outsiders. Which makes it all the more extraordinary that the people here are willing to accept U.S. troops. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the first CIA teams arrived here and within days, the war against the Taliban would begin. Today, the U.S. military is working with the local Afghans to build schools and install basic electrical projects. Here, the U.S. troops have their own security force - local Mujahedeen fighters who fought the Taliban and Soviets have sworn to protect the Americans.