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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Heavy fighting as Taliban try to overrun Afghan district

Afghan security forces backed by international troops were battling for control of an important district in southern Helmand province on Saturday, a day after it was announced the government had lost five percent of its territory to insurgents in recent months, officials said.

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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Afghanistan's shaky unity national government approaches its 2nd anniversary

President Ashraf Ghani and his aides hope to prove that Kabul deserves the trust of a skeptical world community that has paid Afghanistan's bills for the past 14 years.

Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions.

US, Afghans investigating if airstrike hit civilians

The strike came days after Afghan officials accused U.S. forces of killing eight police officers in two airstrikes on a checkpoint in the central province of Uruzgan.

From the Taliban frying pan to the Islamic State fire

The life a group of women described in Islamic State-controlled areas of Nangarhar was so bad they sounded almost nostalgic for those earlier years spent under the Taliban's thumb.

12 Afghan soldiers in Kunduz killed in apparent insider attack

At least 12 Afghan soldiers were killed after being drugged at a checkpoint near the capital of northern Kunduz province overnight, an official said Tuesday, in what appeared to be an insider attack.

Afghan commandos free captives during raid on Taliban prison

Afghan security forces on Sunday liberated 101 people held in a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province, officials said.

After a lifetime in Pakistan, Afghans are told to go

In the past year, more than 250,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have returned to their impoverished, insurgent-plagued country under pressure from Pakistani authorities.

Pentagon: US-backed operations killed 12 Islamic State leaders in Afghanistan

The top 12 leaders of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan have been killed this summer during an American-backed Afghan special operations offensive in the country’s eastern region, the top American commander for Afghanistan said.

US forces are using white phosphorus munitions in Iraq, but it's unclear exactly how

U.S. forces are using white phosphorus munitions in their fight against the Islamic State, based on pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon, but it is unclear exactly how the controversial armament is being employed.

Peace with infamous Afghan warlord seen as signal to Taliban

In making peace with one of Afghanistan's most infamous warlords and a U.S.-designated terrorist, President Ashraf Ghani is hoping to edge the Taliban closer to the negotiating table in a bid to end its 15-year conflict.

Canada's first Afghan minister now says she was born in Iran

A Canadian lawmaker touted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Canada's first Afghan-born cabinet minister said Thursday she recently learned from her mother that she was born in Iran.

Afghan government inks peace deal with insurgent leader Hekmatyar

Afghan officials signed a peace agreement Thursday with representatives of Hezb-e-Islami, Afghanistan’s second-largest insurgent group, led by an Islamist warlord and U.S.-designated “global terrorist.”

Afghanistan investigating US airstrikes that allegedly killed 8

The Afghan government will investigate a series of U.S. airstrikes that apparently killed eight people over the weekend, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

US airstrikes kill 8 Afghan police, officials say

U.S. airstrikes in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan killed eight Afghan police officers, an Afghan official said Monday. U.S. officials said strikes were carried out in response to an “immediate threat.”

Study: America's wars in Middle East have cost nearly $4.8 trillion

A new study has estimated the cost of America’s wars since September 2001 are about $4.79 trillion, a figure that researchers said will go higher based on current operations and future interest obligations.

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