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Staff Sgt. Mario Tenario, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division trains Afghan National Army soldiers how to inspect equipment.

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.

Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Foreign Troops

NATO and Afghan security forces

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 a.m. blast, which rattled ne... more

No US Ground Troops In Syria Either: White House

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The Obama administration said Sunday that its stance against U.S. "boots on the ground" in Iraq also applies to Syria in the effort to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. "Ground forces in Syria will be Syrian," said Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff. "The president made a decision on that, we're no... more

Obama Presents Medal of Honor to Two Vietnam Soldiers

President Barack Obama, right, applauds as retired Army Command Sgt. Maj, Bennie G. Adkins salutes after receiving the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House, on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A soldier who fell on a grenade in Vietnam and a Special Forces legend who ignored his own wounds to rescue comrades in a three-day battle were awarded the Medal of Honor Monday by President Obama at a White House ceremony. The awards to Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and posthumously to Army Spec. 4 Donald P. Sloat came after Cong... more

Amid Layoffs, Uncertainty Pervades Air Force Officer Corps

Air Force captains

For the first time in her nearly 27 years in the Air Force, Maj. Teresa Rivers faced a board of officers this summer who debated whether she should be retired from the service. Rivers, 46, an acquisition manager near Fort Belvoir, Virginia, who specializes in information technology and software programs, said the panel ultimately decided to... more

Is Guantanamo Navy Base Part of the USA? Well, That Depends...

Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- U.S. troops blare The Star Spangled Banner across this 45-square-mile base each morning at 8 o'clock sharp. Fireworks crackle overhead on the Fourth of July. Marines control the fenceline opposite Cuba's minefield and American sailors check visitors' passports or Pentagon ID cards as they arrive by plane. So w... more

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