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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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Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.


 

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Some Afghan troops training in US feared violence at home. So they went AWOL

Threats of death, widespread corruption and dismal job prospects spurred scores of Afghan troops to flee training courses in the United States, according to a report issued Friday.


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Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.


Taliban used a new tactic, the Humvee bomb, in Afghan base attack

Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south, and then stormed the base a deadly attack Thursday.


Some Afghan troops training in US feared violence at home. So they went AWOL

Threats of death, widespread corruption and dismal job prospects spurred scores of Afghan troops to flee training courses in the United States, according to a report issued Friday.


Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country overnight, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in southern Kandahar province, officials said Thursday.


Iran guards defy Trump with vow to boost missile program

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps pledged to enhance the nation's missile program in defiance of President Donald Trump, whose hardened stance against the country last week included new sanctions on the security force.


Fleeing Raqqa, ISIS left booby-trapped toys, corpses and a teddy bear

Islamic State fighters fleeing their self-declared capital in Raqqa, Syria, have left behind an unprecedented array of deadly improvised explosive devices, U.S. officials say, forecasting what's expected to be a years-long effort to purge them.


Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.


Special Tactics airman awarded Air Force Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan raid

On Tuesday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson awarded Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter the Air Force Cross, the service’s highest medal, for his gallantry under enemy fire. During a November 2016 battle, he repeatedly braved enemy fire, using his body to protect his teammates while directing dozens of airstrikes and coordinating medical evacuations.


After ISIS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq.


Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.


Fall of Islamic State group's 'capital': 5 things to know

U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria say they have captured Raqqa, once the seat of power for the Islamic State group, after a grueling four-month battle that left the city in ruins. Here are five things to know about Raqqa.


Afghan police say they foiled major attack in capital

Mohamed Salem Almas, the head of criminal investigations in the Kabul police, told a press conference Sunday that the truck carried more than 3 tons of explosives.


Coup, revolution and mistrust: Moments in Iran-US relations

President Trump's decision to not re-certify the Iranian nuclear deal marks yet another key moment in relations between Iran and America. Here are some of the key moments of that relationship.


Kidnappers killed 1 child, raped wife, freed hostage says

After landing at Toronto's airport with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three young children, former hostage Joshua Boyle said the Haqqani network killed their newborn daughter and raped his wife while they were held in captivity.


Coup, revolution and mistrust: Moments in Iran-US relations

President Donald Trump's decision to not re-certify the Iranian nuclear deal marks yet another key moment in relations between Iran and America, which has seen decades of mistrust and mutual recriminations.



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