Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has been wracked by continuous war for over three decades. The U.S., U.K., Australia, France, and Afghan United Front began Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7th, 2001 in response to the September 11th attacks in the U.S. The mission focused on the the overthrow of the Taliban government, as well as the ouster of Al Qaida and it leaders, including Osama Bin Laden. With over a decade of combat, it has become the second longest war in the U.S. history. The conflict has resulted in over two thousand U.S. troops killed.
With the death of Bin Laden, the U.S. is formulating plans for withdrawal from the region. President Obama has announced an end to combat operations, but an unknown number of troops will likely remain in the country after the 2014 deadline. Afghanistan is currently seeking financial assistance from other countries to assist in the reconstruction process.
Afghanistan has been populated for millennia, seeing the rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and religions. Islam -- which influences much of its current culture and politics -- is the most popular religion in the region. The current estimated population is over 30 million, with Pashtun and Tajik as the two largest ethnicities.
The legislation was largely inspired by a YouTube video. In it, a heavyset man masquerading as a member of the elite Army Rangers was seen shopping at the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne last fall when he was called out by an Afghanistan veteran. The impostor wore a Combat Infantryman Badge with two stars, indicating the unlikely feat -- for h... more
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- The Marine helicopter unit at Robins will be seen in the skies a lot more often. The unit is getting three additional AH-1W Super Cobra attack choppers from other active-duty squadrons that are getting the new AH-1Z. That takes the unit's Super Cobra fleet from four to seven. Two of the choppers have arrived in the past... more
TORONTO — A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes, including killing a U.S. soldier. Judge June Ross said the terms of Omar Khadr's release will be determined May 5. Canada's government said it would appeal the order. Toronto-born Khad... more
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Twenty-two combat vets are paddling through the South Carolina wilderness on a rugged 175 mile course from Columbia to Charleston. "When I first came out here, we started as a bunch of individuals just thinking we were gonna kayak," said A.J. McIntyre, a former Marine who served in Iraq. "But I tell you — over the last five,... more
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida suspended one of its fraternities on Friday after allegations that its members hurled drunken insults and spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City Beach resort. The school said on Friday that it is charging the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity with obscene behavior, public intoxication... more