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.

Veterans in Congress Could Hit Lowest Level Since World War II

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The number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II depending on the results of next week's election.  Currently, 106 members of Congress have a military service record. However, that number could drop significantly depending on the results of multiple close races in the mid-term elections scheduled for ... more

Profiles in Courage: 5 Medal of Honor Recipients

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The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is bestowed by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress to U.S. military personnel only. The veterans profiled below are only a few among those who have received the medal... more

Navy Officer Found Dead in Qatar Was Pilot Nearing Retirement

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A Navy officer found dead at an air base in Qatar was a longtime pilot and reservist nearing retirement, his father said. Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Acworth, Ga., was found dead in his room on Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Oct. 24, according to his father, Steve Kalafut. His death is under military investigation, as is standard with o... more

Marine Is Reclassified as First to Die in Operation Inherent Resolve

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The death of Marine Cpl. Jordan L. Spears has been reclassified to indicate he died in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. Spears, 21, and another aircrew member bailed out of an MV-22 Osprey when it lost power shortly after take off from the USS Makin Island on Oct. 1. Navy and Marine Corps teams... more

Army Intelligence Adviser Allowed Others to Think He Had Ph.D.

This internal U.S. Army resume for Russell Richardson says he has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, which he acknowledges he does not have. Richardson says he didn't include the wrong information and doesn’t know who did. AP photo

WASHINGTON -- A key figure in a struggling Army intelligence program has for years allowed himself to be portrayed as a Ph.D. in engineering, even though he does not hold a doctoral degree, according to records and interviews. Russell Richardson, who earned a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1984, says he never sought to misreprese... more

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