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.

Green Beret Discharged after Confronting Accused Afghan Rapist Appeals

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland

A Green Beret ordered discharged after he confronted a sexual predator in Afghanistan has appealed the Army's decision, as his supporters in Congress and beyond urge the military to reinstate him. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland originally was ordered discharged by Nov. 1, but was given an extension after lawmakers pressured the Army to... more

Suicide Vest Found In Paris Raises Possible Link to Suspect

Rescue workers and medics work by victims in a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS — A street cleaner on Monday found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks near the place where a fugitive suspect's cellphone was found, raising the possibility that he aborted his mission, either ditching a malfunctioning vest or fleeing in fear. Authorities said the device, which did not have a detonator, was foun... more

Osprey's Own Rotor Wash Led to Deadly Crash

Smoke rises from a Marine Corps Osprey aircraft after it made a hard landing on Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii May 17. (Photo: Kimberly Hynd, AP)

"Severe brownout conditions" caused by an MV-22 Osprey's own rotor wash contributed to the crash landing of the tilt-rotor aircraft in a Hawaii training accident last May that killed two Marines and injured several others, according to the summary of  Marine accident investigation released Monday. "Pilot performance" was also a main factor ... more

Green Beret Medics Train at Duke

(Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Ildar Sagdejev  under the Creative Commons license.)

DURHAM -- Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group received hands-on instruction at Duke University Medical Center as they prepare for a new mission in Africa. About a dozen Green Berets, all medics with the Fort Bragg-based group, spent Monday honing their skills with ultrasound machines. Special Forces medics use the machines in lieu of X-... more

Medal of Honor Recipient Capt. Florent Groberg Gets Disneyland Tribute

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Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg got to go to Disneyland on Saturday. He was there to be honored by the Disneyland Resort at its Flag Retreat Ceremony. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on November 12, 2015, for actions in saving lives in Afghanistan in August 2012. According to the missio... more

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