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War in Afghanistan


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The War in Afghanistan was a conflict running from 2001-2021 following the 2001 United States invasion of Afghanistan when the United States and its allies drove the Taliban from power in order to deny al-Qaeda a safe base of operations in Afghanistan. After the initial objectives were completed, a coalition of over 40 countries formed a security mission in the country called International Security Assistance Force of which certain members were involved in military combat allied with Afghanistan's government. The war mostly consisted of Taliban insurgencies fighting against the Afghan Armed Forces and allied forces; the majority of ISAF/RS soldiers and personnel are American. The war was code-named by the US as Operation Enduring Freedom (2001–2014) and Operation Freedom's Sentinel (2015–2021).
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  • Other invasions by the USA  

  • Origins of Afghanistan's civil war 

  • Warlord rule (1992–1996) 

  • Taliban Emirate vs Northern Alliance 

  • Al-Qaeda 

  • Change in US policy toward Afghanistan 

  • Massoud's assassination on the eve of 9/11 

  • September 11 attacks 

  • US ultimatum to the Taliban 

  • 2018 

  • 2019 

  • 2020 

  • United States and allies withdraw 

  • Taliban advances 

  • Fall of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 

  • Civilian casualties 

  • Healthcare 

  • Refugees 

  • Drug trade 

  • Public education 

  • Girls' education 

  • War crimes 

  • Taliban 

  • Northern Alliance 

  • NATO and allies 

  • White phosphorus use 

  • Costs 

  • Long-term costs 

  • Criticism of costs 

  • Stability problems 

  • Afghan National Army 

  • Afghan National Police 

  • Tactics/strategy of anti-government elements 

  • Insider attacks 

  • Domestic reactions 

  • Public opinion in 2001 

  • Development of public opinion 

  • Protests, demonstrations and rallies