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.

Bergdahl's Defense Questions His Army Enlistment After CG Dismissal

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl's defense lawyer has raised questions with the Army on why the 28-year-old sergeant was allowed to enlist despite having been separated from the Coast Guard after only 26 days. Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl's lead lawyer, also noted Bergdahl's cooperation with the FBI since his release in efforts to "identify, capture and bring to j... more

Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military's Acquisition Culture

Ian, an Atlas robot with IHMC Robotics, cut a hole in a wall in a DARPA robotics competition. (DoD photo)

U.S. military leadership has known the Pentagon is falling quickly behind the technological curve and opening itself to new and developing threats, but military brass still don't know how to fix it. Fingers are often pointed at the military's acquisition system that has failed to adapt to the increasingly fast pace of innovation and busine... more

Bergdahl Charges Stoke Fresh Criticism of Prisoner Swap

In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed. Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held c... more

Pentagon Envisions up to 7 More Guantánamo Trials

Guantanamo guard

Pentagon officials envision prosecuting at most seven more Guantánamo captives, the most notorious among them an Indonesian man known as Hambali who was once considered the CIA’s most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, according to just released documents. That means that, of the 122 captives currently at Guantánamo, at most 17 could be accu... more

Veteran Groups Sue VA for Ending Informal Disability Claims Process

VA officials have said the new process will reduce confusion and make it easier to file claims. Screenshot from the Veterans Affairs File A Claim webpage.

Five national veteran's organizations have filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department over its move ending informal claims applications and requiring veterans to fill out standardized forms. The plaintiffs are The American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, AMVETS, and the Vietn... more

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