Operation Enduring Freedom: A look back in photos

With the curtain coming down on combat operations, Stars and Stripes is looking back at the U.S. troops who have fought in the war, what they encountered, and how they coped. We present three photo galleries featuring the work of our photographers and reporters who have covered the war in Afghanistan.



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Nicholson: US has enough troops, authorities in Afghanistan

The United States has enough troops and authority to use its firepower in Afghanistan to assist government forces defeat the Taliban and other terrorists groups, the top American military commander in the country said Friday.


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The US spent billions building roads in Afghanistan; now many of them are beyond repair

A report released Saturday by a U.S. government oversight body paints a grim picture of the state of Afghanistan's roads, including the roughly 10,000 miles that were constructed, paved, repaired or funded by the United States.

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities.


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3rd soldier dies from wounds suffered in November suicide attack on Bagram

Army Sgt. 1st Class Allan E. Brown died Tuesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was transported for treatment in the days following the Nov. 12 attack at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Judge throws out Marine Corps decision to remove officer who sent classified warning to colleagues

The judge ruled the decision against Maj. Jason Brezler will be vacated because the Navy "violated its own discovery rule" by failing to provide Brezler with all documents relevant to his case before an administrative hearing.

Libya could become even more chaotic after Islamic State defeat

Libyan militias backed by American airstrikes said they have cleared the stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya, a defeat that would set back the group's ambitions in North Africa. The country, however, remains very unstable amid battles between rival militias and the remaining militants could still undermine a fragile U.S.-backed unity government, analysts said.

The increasingly popular way to aid the needy in war-torn nations: Give cash

Donations of food, tents and blankets have always been a staple of international aid, the feel-good solution that everyone could take part in to help stem the tide of international misery.

Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after Islamic State defeat

The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Nicholson: US has enough troops, authorities in Afghanistan

The United States has enough troops and authority to use its firepower in Afghanistan to assist government forces defeat the Taliban and other terrorists groups, the top American military commander in the country said Friday.

Defense bill extends protection of Afghans under threat for helping US

Tucked more than a thousand pages into the pending national defense policy bill unveiled this week is a provision that is a matter of life and death. The special immigrant visa program – a lifeline for Afghan interpreters and other foreign employees who worked with U.S. forces or officials and are getting death threats for it – almost didn’t make into the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act .

Recent battlefield deaths highlight danger to bomb technicians in Islamic State fight

The two most recent U.S. deaths in the fight against the Islamic State were bomb technicians, placing a spotlight on the use of IEDs on the battlefield and the people charged with keeping fellow troops safe from their destruction.

Civilian deaths haunt US air war in Syria

The sun had yet to rise over the northern Syrian village of Al Tokhar on July 19 when a U.S. airstrike obliterated much of the town, leveling adobe buildings and killing families as they slept. Soon photos of bloody corpses and grieving survivors began appearing on social media, alerting the world to the carnage. A Pentagon statement issued Thursday said the bombing of Al Tokhar killed about 100 Islamic State fighters. But it also mistakenly killed up to 24 civilians.

Lawmakers question Iraq and Afghanistan troop caps, use of contractors

President-elect Donald Trump should take a hard look at the troop caps that President Barack Obama has placed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a retired Army general told lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Anti-Islamic State coalition losing French flattop

France will continue to support the fight against the Islamic State group even after its only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, heads home in December to conduct a maintenance period expected to last more than a year.

Afghan official says army general killed in helicopter crash

An Afghan official says that an army general has been killed alongside at least ten injured after a military helicopter malfunctioned over the western Badghis province.

New Pakistan army chief faces tensions with Kabul, India

The new head of Pakistan's army took command of the armed forces Tuesday amid rising tensions with arch-rival India over disputed Kashmir and as ties with Afghanistan remain rocky.

Taliban leaders may have moved to Afghanistan from Pakistan

After operating out of Pakistan for more than a decade, the leaders of Afghanistan's Taliban movement may have moved back to their homeland to try to build on this year's gains in the war and to establish a permanent presence.

Pakistan to get new army chief in rare peaceful exchange of power

The news came in a brief, bland-sounding tweet from the army public relations office this past week, noting that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's popular army chief, was beginning a round of "farewell" visits to military units across the country.

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