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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Afghan anti-corruption program is corrupt, US officials say

An anti-corruption program once seen as a beacon of hope in Afghanistan is failing to accomplish much, according to U.S. officials who say the nation’s top prosecutor is corrupt.

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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Roadside bomb kills two local officials in Afghanistan

Spokesman for the Logar provincial police chief, says that the acting district chief and intelligence director in the Baraki Barak district were killed in the blast late Saturday.

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Khairullah Khairkhwa, the former Taliban governor of Herat, and Mohammed Fazl, a former Taliban military chief, attended the marathon talks. Both were former inmates at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Afghan official: Taliban target police checkpoint, killing five

Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the Badghis council, says three other police were wounded and another detained by the Taliban early Saturday morning in the Qadis district.

Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province, Afghan officials say

An overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province killed 30 policemen, Afghan officials said Thursday.

Afghan election, Taliban talks may be on collision course

An important upcoming milestone for Afghanistan's Western-backed democracy and a separate, crucial chance to settle the country's 17-year war appear to be crashing into each other.

Trump picks retired general for ambassador to Saudi Arabia

John Abizaid, the longest-serving commander of the U.S. Central Command and a retired four-star general, will fill a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when U.S.-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family.

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls.

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber kills six at protest demanding better security against Taliban

The explosion took place near where hundreds had gathered to denounce the latest Taliban attacks in Ghazni districts of Jaghuri and Malistan.

Taliban destroy Afghan army base, kill 16

The Taliban carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting Afghan security forces at rural outposts. Seventeen years after the U.S.-led invasion, the insurgents control nearly half the country.

Afghan pilot writes touching letter to widow of slain mayor from Utah

When Army National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed Nov. 3 in an insider attack, his friend and comrade in arms, Afghan Air Force Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, felt he had to send a message to Taylor's family.

Afghan anti-corruption program is corrupt, US officials say

An anti-corruption program once seen as a beacon of hope in Afghanistan is failing to accomplish much, according to U.S. officials who say the nation’s top prosecutor is corrupt.

Moscow hosting Afghanistan talks between Taliban and Kabul envoys

Sitting between Afghan envoys and their fierce rivals from the Taliban movement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday promised to work for a united and peaceful Afghanistan, showcasing his country's return to the diplomatic forefront of the 17-year war.


Elite Afghan police begin first missions while regular forces remain undermanned

Herat’s new National Mission Unit is a police force intended for combat missions and advised by NATO instructors. Afghanistan hopes to double the number of crack units such as this one in Herat, a city of about 400,000 and the country’s third-largest.

Fund drive for family of major killed in Afghanistan approaches $400K

As of Tuesday morning, $362,000 had been raised for the wife and seven children of Maj. Brent Taylor, 39, a Utah National Guardsman who was fatally shot on Nov. 3 by one of his Afghan trainees.

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