Operation Enduring Freedom Kicked Off 20 Years Ago With US-Led Coalition Strike On Afghanistan

When the United States was attacked on 9/11, the response was to attack the country, harboring those who took American lives. The US. headed a coalition into Afghanistan to take on the Taliban on October 6, 2001.

Operation Enduring Freedom

The mission was to take out Osama bin Laden and the al-Queda, who the Taliban-controlled government harbored. Their first attack was strategic hitting Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Konduz, and Mazar-e-Sharif.

By December 2001, coalition forces dismantled the Taliban government. However, bin Laden was not captured and escaped the region.

A temporary government was set up while the United Nations worked to secure a peacekeeping force. Those who agreed to maintain peace and security in Kabul signed the Bonn Agreement.

With the Taliban's collapse came a struggle for peace in Afghanistan that would go on for twenty years. Even with bin Laden located and killed in 2011, many Islamic terrorists still attacked the United States and allied forces.

Withdrawing From Afghanistan

In 2019 and 2020, the United States and the Taliban began peace talks. They signed an agreement that defined the path for U.S. withdrawal with the condition that the Taliban would not use the country for further terrorist purposes.

However, within a couple of days, the Taliban started terrorizing Afghan security forces in dozens of attacks, indicating the organization's true intentions.

In 2021, after 20 years in the country, the United States pulled out the final 3,500 troops that were in the country. As soon as the United States began its withdrawal, the shakey Afghan government quickly collapsed.

Taliban Take-Over

The Taliban swiftly took over the capital city, creating mass chaos in the United States and Allied forces' final days. In a quick reversal, the United States deployed 6,000 troops to evacuate those who wanted to flee the country.

Many were Afghans who had assisted the United States over the last 20 years. Those and Afghans who did not fall in line with the Taliban found themselves with a target on their backs.

The 20-year war officially ended on August 30, 2021, when the United States cut ties with the country and completed its withdrawal. Unfortunately, many civilians who wanted to leave the country were left behind to fend for themselves.

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4 comments on “Operation Enduring Freedom Kicked Off 20 Years Ago With US-Led Coalition Strike On Afghanistan”

  1. And for what ? So Biden could had over billions of dollars of weapons to them and turn tail and run snd leave thousands of Americans behind to be murdered. I feel bad for the brave soldiers who fought and died there id be pissed as hell if I were one of them !

    1. May God Bless all of those who fought for freedom in Afghanistan! Our hearts go out to the the families of those who lost loved ones fighting there, one can only imagine how they must feel!

  2. Agree wit Dave's comments! The current administration really bungled this withdrawl from Afghanistan! It's unbelievable how badly it was handled and very disturbing to say the least! All that blood and treasure wound up being squandered! The Taliban made out like "The Bandits" which they certainly are, but much worse! Sickening to think that this current Biden Administration didn't put much effort in planning our departure, basically just turned over all that military equipment, without destroying it! Now the enemy is really emboldened to create more chaos and mayhem on the world stage! Many of our people, allies, and those Afghans who helped the United States were abandoned, to fend for themselves with targets on their back!

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