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When did the US first invade Afghanistan?

When did the US first invade Afghanistan?

September 2001
US Air Force Combat Controllers in combat during the invasion of Afghanistan, c. September 2001.

How was Afghanistan formed?

Afghanistan, as an independent kingdom, was founded by Ahmad Shah Durrani, a Pushtun prince, who was crowned in 1747. He created a central government in Afghanistan and introduced many modern elements into the country; the borders with Pakistan (then British India) and Russia were established during the emir’s reign.

How old Afghanistan is?

The written recorded history of the land presently constituting Afghanistan can be traced back to around 500 BCE when the area was under the Achaemenid Empire, although evidence indicates that an advanced degree of urbanized culture has existed in the land since between 3000 and 2000 BCE.

What was the religion of Afghanistan before Islam?

Before the arrival of Islam in the 7th century, there were a number of religions practiced in ancient Afghanistan, including Zoroastrianism, Surya worship, Paganism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Why did the US enter Afghanistan?

The main reason for the initiation of war in Afghanistan was the September 11 attacks in the year 2001, when the United States was governed by President George W. Bush. The US demanded that Afghanistan should turn in the Taliban supported Al Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden, who was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

Why are we at war with Afghanistan?

America went to war in Afghanistan because that not-really-governed nation was the safe haven from which al Qaeda planned the 9/11 attacks. It was not mission creep but mission gallop that turned the intervention into a war against the Taliban who had provided, or at least not prevented, the safe haven.

What is the current situation in Afghanistan?

The Current Situation in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has entered a pivotal but highly uncertain time. As all parties recognize that a military solution is not achievable, increased war fatigue has shifted Afghan and international attention toward a possible political settlement to the ongoing 18-year war.

Who started the war in Afghanistan?

The George W. Bush administration launched the war in Afghanistan and the War on Terror in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaida. The United States attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan for hiding al-Qaida’s leader, Osama bin Laden.