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 Probes 'Discrepancies' in SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle's Medal Claims

Former SEAL Chris Kyle

Navy officials say they’re looking into the circumstances under which decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was issued discharge papers containing more military valor awards than he apparently earned. "We recognize that there is a discrepancy and we are looking into it right now," a Navy official, who asked for anonymity in order to discuss the situat... more

Senators Move to Block Plan to Privatize Commissaries

The commissary at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. (Photo: U.S. Army/Nell King.)

A bipartisan group of 31 senators want to block a plan that would privatize some commissaries and likely raise prices before a report on the impacts of such a plan is ready. The measure, introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, would instead require the Defense Commissary Agency to c... more

Top General Urges Lawmakers to Preserve Afghan Visa Program

In this May 20, 2016, photo, Gen. John Nicholson during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Resolute Support Operational Partner Nations at NATO headquarters in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

WASHINGTON — Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers are in danger of being harmed or killed by the Taliban if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan. The warning from Army Gen. Jo... more

National Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade March

The nation's largest Memorial Day event, the 2016 National Memorial Day Parade, will take place on Monday, May 30 at 2:00 PM EDT along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.  The parade will be streamed LIVE on on this page at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT. Now in its 12th year, the parade will welcome back actors and noted supp... more

Student Loan Interest Rates Drop and Pell Grant Maximums Increase

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Interest rates for the most common types of student loans will decrease on July 1, falling to the lowest level in over 10 years. The Pell Grant maximum amount will also increase on July 1. Education Loans Student loans for undergraduate students will drop to a 3.76% interest rate from the current 4.29%; loans for graduate students will drop t... more

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