Operation Enduring Freedom

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Iraqi men and boys observing United States soldiers and a tank on the street in Baghdad, Iraq, 2003. Image taken by the 375th Criminal Investigation Division while serving in Kuwait and Iraq from February to October

of 2003.

In October 2001, the United States of America and Great Britain invaded the country of Afghanistan. The invasion was in response to the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on September 11, 2001. The rulers of Afghanistan, known as the Taliban, had provided support to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, which had claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks. Opponents to the Taliban within Afghanistan actively assisted the American and British soldiers. Other nations also contributed troops to freeing Afghanistan from Taliban control. The initial invasion was named Operation Enduring Freedom.

Since the start of the invasion, American forces in Afghanistan have faced continued opposition. Taliban followers continue to attack American forces, including soldiers from Ohio, and their allies. Nevertheless, thanks to the United States and their allies, Afghanistan has created a more democratic government. The invasion forces between October 2001 and August 2005 suffered 289 killed soldiers, including 231 Americans. Most of the American soldiers died in accidents. American soldiers remain in Afghanistan in 2005, prompting several peaceful protests in the United States.

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