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.

Navy Gives Military Honors to Late Activist Cesar Chavez

Helen Chavez, the widow of Cesar Chavez receives a flag from the U.S. Navy, honoring her husband’s military service during a ceremony in Keene, Calif., Thursday, April 23, 2015. Scott Smith/AP

Civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, known for defending immigrant farmworkers, was recognized Thursday for another act of service. Chavez received military honors for his service in the U.S. Navy 22 years after his death. The Navy marked the anniversary of Chavez's death with a formal ceremony at his grave in Keene, Calif., according to the Ce... more

Bill Calls for DoD to Publish Toxic Exposure Evidence

Senior Airman Frances Gavalis tosses unserviceable uniform items into a burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq, on March 10, 2008. Julianne Showalter/Air Force

WASHINGTON -- A new bill in Congress would require the Defense Department to declassify documents on troops who were exposed to toxic substances and shed new light how exposure affects children. Military records on incidents that exposed at least 100 service members would be released under the bill, which has been introduced in the House and Se... more

After Drone Killings, Pressure for a New Hostage Strategy

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.... more

Clint Eastwood Reflects on Career, 'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper on the "American Sniper" set

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clint Eastwood wants to get one thing straight: He did not threaten to kill Michael Moore . "It isn't a bad idea," Eastwood laughed Wednesday during a tribute luncheon for the veteran actor and director at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The "American Sniper" director was responding to comments from Mo... more

Univ. of Florida Frat Accused of Spitting on Wounded War Vets

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs called the behavior unacceptable and promised a full investigation. He made the remarks i... more

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