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.

Special Forces Soldier Denied Medal of Honor: System May be 'Broken'

Sgt. 1st Class Earl D. Plumlee of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) is presented the Silver Star Medal by Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl during a May 8, 2015, ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (Photo by Codie Mendenhall/U.S. Army)

A Green Beret credited with fighting off Taliban attackers in Afghanistan spoke out Monday in his first interview since the Army denied his commanders' recommendation for a Medal of Honor, awarding him a Silver Star instead. "I kind of have a lot of trust in the system, but if somebody says it's broken, maybe it is," Staff Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee ... more

Subs for Recycling Stacking Up at Washington Shipyard

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the final time,  June 6, 2016. Michael Lee/US Navy

BREMERTON -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines are piling up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. In a recent 10-day stretch, three arrived at the only place the Navy recycles them. The USS Houston, USS City of Corpus Christi and ex-Norfolk joined 11 others waiting to be scrapped or in the process. (Ships become exes after their fuel is remove... more

Arkansas Plant Gets $30.7 Grant for Nuclear Sub Batteries


FORT SMITH, Ark. — A battery manufacturer has received a $30.7 million "cost-sharing" federal grant for a project at its Fort Smith facility to improve battery systems for U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. Exide Technologies announced Tuesday that it'd received the grant for Project Neptune, with renovations at the facility beginning this month and... more

Retired Army Colonel Gets 8 Years in Trooper's Death


CASTLE ROCK, Colo.  — A retired Army colonel was sentenced to 8 years in prison Tuesday for hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper with his truck as she was investigating a crash near Colorado Springs. The Denver Post reports 52-year-old Eric Peter Henderson also was ordered to serve five years of mandatory parole. He had pleaded g... more

Marines Keep 'Rifleman' While Rolling Out Gender-Neutral Job Titles

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Marine riflemen and mortarmen will keep their job titles even as 19 others change in keeping with a mandate from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to make them more friendly to female troops. The list of titles, obtained by and first reported by Marine Corps Times, has not been publicly released. An official told an administrat... more

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