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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.

Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (AP Photo)

German Security Official Warns of Terror Threat

BERLIN -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat level for terrorism recently. But Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said in an ... more

A team of sled dogs stand beside a Convair F-102 Delta Dagger circa 1960 at Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Fort Wainwright archives)

US Trained Alaskans as 'Stay-Behind Agents'

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It ... more

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate

Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study. Even as the agency collects data to better u... more

Service members are frustrated over the long wait times in the delivery of personal vehicles overseas (Source: DoD)

Service Members Still Complain About Missing Cars

Retired Air Force officer Michelle Kastler is happy to be reunited with her 2012 Hyundai Accent after a nearly three-month wait. But Kastler remains upset that International Auto Logistics, the federal contractor that shipped it from Great Britain, got it to her just last week -- six weeks later than promised, and with a dead battery. Just as ... more

A pro-Russian rebel prepares to fire a rocket propelled grenade during clashes as they attack a border guard base held by Ukrainian troops on the outskirts of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, June 2, 2014. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

Moscow: Ukraine Talks Must Back Cease-Fire Now

MOSCOW -- Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia's foreign minister said Monday. The talks later Monday in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, come as Ukrainian troops are facing a resurgent rebel fo... more

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