War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) refers tae the intervention bi NATO an allied forces in the Afghan poleetical struggle, follaein the terrorist attacks o September 11, 2001, tae dismantle the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation an tae remove frae pouer the Taliban govrenment, which at the time controlled 90% o Afghanistan an hostit al-Qaeda leadership. U.S. Preses George W. Bush demandit that the Taliban haund ower Osama bin Laden an expel the al-Qaeda network which wis supportin the Taliban in its war wi the Afghan Northren Alliance. The Taliban recommendit that bin Laden leave the kintra but declined tae extradite him wioot evidence o his involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The Unitit States refused tae negotiate an launched Operation Enduring Freedom on 7 October 2001 wi the Unitit Kinrick an later jyned bi Germany an ither wastren allies, tae attack the Taliban an al-Qaeda forces in conjunction wi the Northren Alliance.
|War in Afghanistan|
|Pairt o the conflict in Afghanistan an the Global War on Terrorism|
Clockwise frae tap-left: Breetish Ryal Marines tak pairt in the clearance o Nad-e Ali District o Helmand Province; twa F/A-18 strike fechters conduct combat missions ower Afghanistan; an anti-Taliban fechter during an operation tae secure a compoond in Helmand Province; A French sauldier patrols a valley in Kapisa Province; U.S. Marines prepare tae board buses shortly efter arrivin in soothren Afghanistan; Taliban fechters in a cave hideoot; U.S. soldiers prepare tae fire a mortar during a mission in Paktika Province.
|Commanders an leaders|
|Afghan Naitional Security Forces: 380,586||Haqqani netwirk: 4,000-15,000|
|Casualties an losses|
|No reliable estimate but reports suggest heich nummer compare tae coalition forces|
|Civilians killed: 16,725–19,013 (2001–2013)|
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