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.
After proving themselves in special operations through the Marine Special Operations Command Detachment One in 2003, a pilot program formed in response to a Special Operations need in Iraq and Afghanistan, the MARSOC branch of Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was born. A decade ago, the need was met within the Special Operations community... more
You might say that Tom Zampieri feels that military spending on eye injuries lacks vision. Even though eye wounds are the second most common combat injury in recent years behind hearing loss, a disproportionate amount of research money goes to prosthetics for soldiers who have lost limbs and studies on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic ... more
NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria – Even before Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last year, the United States recognized the value of putting down roots in eastern Europe. After signing a defense agreement with Bulgaria in 2006, the U.S. government began a $60 million construction project at this training base, building nearly two doz... more
Fort Bragg's newest behavioral health clinic is expected to treat 10,000 soldiers a year. Perhaps more importantly, officials said it's a big step in fighting the stigma around soldiers seeking help. The West Bragg Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic is, by design, far from the campus of Womack Army Medical Center. The outpatient clinic, in a r... more
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, wounding at least two people, damaging several cars and shattering windows on a road in eastern Kabul, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. A NATO spokesman in Kabul, Col. Brian Tribus, confirmed the attack sho... more