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.

New Hampshire State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of New Hampshire provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits. Housing Benefits Financial Assistance Benefits Employment Benefits Education Benefits Other State Veteran Benefits New Hampshire Veteran Housing Programs Veterans' Home Located a... more

Nevada State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Nevada provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits. Housing Benefits Financial Assistance Benefits Employment Benefits Other State Veteran Benefits Nevada Veteran Housing Programs Nevada Veterans' Home A State-owned and operated veterans' hom... more

Commissary Price Increases Likely Next Year, Lawmaker Says

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Congress will seek to raise commissary prices as part of upcoming 2017 legislation governing the Defense Department, one lawmaker told "I do expect there to be additional commissary provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act, some of which are to give the Defense Commissary Agency the authorities and flexibility ... more

'Micro' Drones, 'Arsenal' Plane, Railguns Funded in New Defense Budget

A test shot fires from the Office of Naval Research-funded Electromagnetic Railgun prototype launcher located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. (ONR video screenshot by Jessica L. Tozer/Released)

A couple of decades ago, the Navy had an idea for an "arsenal ship" that went nowhere, but Defense Secretary Ashton Carter did the service one better Tuesday with his surprise proposal for an "arsenal plane." Nobody knows yet what an arsenal plane would look like, or what its potential missions would be, other than that it would fashioned fr... more

Authorities Work to Clean up Oily Substance on Potomac River

Potomac oil sheen response:  Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environment, observes an oiled duck at Constitution Gardens in Washington, Fri., Feb. 5, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurel Siegrist)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- At least six government agencies have been working to identify the source, size and composition of an oily substance that shimmered along the Virginia side of the Potomac River. The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that the sheen was spotted Wednesday afternoon and extended about eight miles long, from Gravelly Point, j... more

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