Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic located in south central Asia. It is bordered by Pakistan in the east, Iran to the west, and China to the northeast. These past 30 years this country has been in constant battle beginning with the Russian occupation in 1979 to the Pakistani military backing of the Taliban takeover of its government in the mid to late 1990s.
The Taliban government gave refuge to a terrorist group known as Al-Qaida. These Al-Qaida terrorists without provocation attacked the United States on September 11th 2001. These terrorists hijacked four planes to use as missiles by crashing into their targets, 2 planes aimed successfully at the Twin Towers in New York City, 1 aimed successfully at the Pentagon and the last plane was forced to crashed into a field in a rural part of Pennsylvania because of the heroic actions of the flight crew and their passengers. This last plane was on its way to Washington D.C. Over 3000 people were killed and over 6000 people were wounded in these attacks.
The United States government demanded that the Taliban led government arrest and turnover to the U.S. this criminal group of thugs and murderers, which the Taliban ultimately refused. In October 2001 a United States led coalition attacked and overthrew the Taliban government. In December 2001 the United Nations created the International Security Assistance Force to assist the newly elected government and help maintain security.
These past nine years the United States has been aiding this country in the slow process of rebuilding it while fighting a corrupt government and a Taliban resurgence. Everyday American men and women put their lives in harms way in aiding the Afghan people while seeking out the terrorists who attacked our country. No one can predict the outcome of this war in Afghanistan or where the war on terrorism will bring our brave and patriotic troops. Be assured that America and its people will never give up until those responsible for the attacks on our country are brought to justice and pay for their crimes.
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