9 Years of Fighting; By: Katie & Chelsea


‚ÄčThe war in Afghanistan has been long and enduring for everyone involved. The United States began to be involved soon after 9/11. After that day President Bush said he wants to win the war against terrorism. So he sent troops to Afghanistan which is the base for Al-Qaeda. Then after running the Tailban out Bush calls fot the reconstruction of Afghanistan on April 17, 2002. But even wtih the reconstruction there has still been fighting going on. After nearly 9 years of fighting the United States has spent $65 billion for Afghanistan and sent 68,000 troops there. Now with new President Obama the war still rages on. He says, "Many people in the United States -- and many in partner countries that have sacrificed so much -- have a simple question: What is our purpose in Afghanistan?" "After so many years, they ask, why do our men and women still fight and die there? And they deserve a straightforward answer. "Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the **Taliban** -- or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged -- that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can." With all the talk about the Afghanistan War you also have to remember that not only are soldiers fighting in Afghanistan but Iraq as well. For many these wars look like they will never stop, but for as long as these wars rage on the best thing for people to do is support our troops because their just doing their job for the country they love. kk
Source:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/29/analysis.afghanistan.military/index.html
U.S. soldiers pray in a circle before leaving Camp Victory for their patrol mission on the streets of Baghdad. REUTERS/Nikola Solic (IRAQ)
U.S. soldiers pray in a circle before leaving Camp Victory for their patrol mission on the streets of Baghdad. REUTERS/Nikola Solic (IRAQ)



U.S soldiers fighting in Afghanistan while trying to avoid falling bombs.
U.S soldiers fighting in Afghanistan while trying to avoid falling bombs.

The United State's involvement in the country of Afghanistan first began in the year 1934. This was the year that the United States recognized Afghanistan's independence and set up an embassy in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The United States went into war with Afghanistan because the Taliban were allowing terrorists to be involved in terrorist training camps. The training camps were for terrorists to train and attack America. Our congress aproved military action in response to September 11, 2001 attacks on September 14, 2001. Osama bin Laden, who resided in Afghanistan, was pointed at as the responsible party. When the Taliban leader didn't produce Bin Laden promptly enough to meet administration demands, George W Bush pointed covert military action on September 30, 2001. Airstrikes began October 7, 2001. The Taliban began to collapse. More than 10000 troops were deployed. A hunt for Bin Lade failed, although deputies were arrested. On November 14, 2001, Taliban was routed by rival Norther Alliancs and United States troops. On Febuary 17, 2009, our new President Obama anounced plans to send 17000 additional troops. "We have seen Afghanistan worsen, deteriorate, we need more troops there. We need more resources there...I would send two to three additional brigades to Afghanistan," quotes Obama. cd
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