In 2001 the Twin Towers were destroyed by two planes and also there were two other planes one was supposed to hit the White House and the other the Pentagon. This started the war in Afghanistan. It’s been eight years since this incident, and the United States and President Obama still want to keep this war going. Next year they are going to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. There are three reasons why they shouldn’t send them: one for their safety; two Afghanistan should keep their business to themselves; and three it’s going to affect the economy big time.
First of all President Obama is going to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan next year. My first reason on why he shouldn’t is because of their safety, like for example people get killed every single day because of this war. Just the other day me and my mom were going to the mall and we saw this funeral car coming by us and there were a whole bunch of people behind it and my mom told me that must have been the soldier that had died the other day at the war. Yes it’s sad to see that stuff happen to those people who just want to serve their country and risk their lives out there to see if they are going to make it or not. Also the families that have to go through this pain seeing their husbands or wives or even their own children being killed out there, I mean it’s sad. “Public patience for such a project may be waning. A mid-November Washington Post poll found that 52 percent of Americans now believe the war is not worth fighting, a trend mirrored by other recent surveys (LAT). Obama is nonetheless voicing optimism that after eight years of war, victory can be salvaged. Convincing a skeptical Congress and wavering allies--stung by the political and economic costs of a war now eight years old--could prove more difficult. As Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies sees it, Obama has so far failed to earn the trust of the international community on his approach to...
...At the time of my writing, the NATO war in Afghanistan has just become the longest war in U.S. history, a status it seems likely to retain for some time. It has been, and remains, a very strange war, all the stranger now that General Stanley McChrystal has been fired as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan following the lamest Douglas MacArthur impression on record. He has been replaced by General David Petraeus, the father and executor of the doctrine that lay behind the eventual U.S. military success in Iraq, a version of which is now being applied in Afghanistan. The notion that his appointment will lead to substantial changes in the Afghan mission is hence overblown, especially as up until a week ago he was the one telling McChrystal what to do in his role as the latter's boss.
So, not a time for radical change, but a time to reflect.
American involvement in Afghanistan began in 1979, when the Soviets invaded the country. The U.S. wanted to get the Soviets bogged down in a demoralizing war, they wanted to discourage this sort of Soviet adventurism, and they especially wanted to make sure the Red Army didn't march on through to the Middle East. So, with the help of a host of other countries, the U.S. funelled money and weapons to anti-Soviet forces, and they didn't ask too many questions about the politics of the recipients. This strategy worked,...
...The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) refers to the intervention in the Afghan Civil War by the United States and its allies, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to dismantle Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist organization led by Osama bin Laden and to remove from power the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist regime led by Mullah Mohammed Omar, which at the time controlled 90% of Afghanistan and hosted Al-Qaeda leadership. U.S. President George W. Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over bin Laden and al-Qaeda leadership which was supporting the Taliban in its war with the Northern Alliance. The Taliban recommended that bin Laden leave the country but declined to extradite him without evidence of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The United States refused to negotiate and on 7 October 2001 launched Operation Enduring Freedom, which was to defeat the Taliban and set up a new Afghan government. This operation was supported by various anti-Taliban groups, especially the Afghan Northern Alliance. The United Kingdom also got involved, andwas later joined by Canada, Australia, France and other mainly western allies.
The U.S.-led forces quickly drove the Taliban from power and captured all major cities in the country. Many Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders escaped to neighboring Pakistan or retreated to rural or remote mountainous regions. In December 2001, the U.N. Security Council...
...Jason Friedkin Period 8
War has changed greatly from World War 2 to the Modern War in Afghanistan. One reason is because of the weapons today are much better and more modified. Also, soldiers today have more technology and they are trained better for what they do. One big difference is the reason why the two wars were fought. World War 2 and the War in Afghanistan were fought in very different ways. The weapons have changed greatly from both wars. First today, weapons are a lot faster and more powerful. They are also very mobile and much more reliable. In World War 2, most of the ground fire was fought with guns and small artillery. A lot of the war was also fought on the water with submarines and war ships. Today, there are weapons that can take out many people from several miles away. They are also more threatening and need a trained person to control. There are also threats of nuclear war from many countries and if they follow through, a whole country can be destroyed. During World War 2, soldiers had to go into dangerous combat and a lot more people were killed. The soldiers in today’s war are greatly different from soldiers in World War 2.
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Following the September 11 terror attacks, the U.S. sent thousands of troops to Afghanistan to pursue the al Qaeda terrorists who plotted the terror attacks. Almost 10 years ago, the U.S. sent troops to the Central Asian country in order to protect the U.S. after Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States. Within a year of entering into the country, the U.S. shifted its focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, which led to the resurgence of the Taliban. Currently, the U.S., under the Obama administration, has developed a new strategic plan in which troops are “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future (Afghanistan, 672).” Pakistan, the nuclear armed and western bordering country to Afghanistan, has become a sanctuary for Taliban and al Qaeda, which is why the U.S. has a concentration of troops on the border of the two countries. The U.S. needs to protect the border in order to ensure that the nuclear arms of Pakistan do not fall into the hands of the Taliban and al Qaeda.
The United States faces many problems in the current war with terrorist forces. The increase of causalities, the increase of fanatical Taliban and al Qaeda troops, the lack of Afghan National Army forces to help with the fighting, and the ever...
...American interest in Afghanistan:
The United States government, led by the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division, has made a series of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). Under the George W. Bush administration, these controversial attacks were called a part of the US' "War on Terrorism" and sought to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who were thought to have found a safe haven in Pakistan. Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes are mostly carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated remotely from Creech Air Force Base and have continued under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Generally the UAVs used are MQ-1 Predator and more recently MQ-9 Reaper firing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The drones have become a weapon of choice for the United States in the fight against al-Qaeda. Some media refer to the series of attacks as a "drone war". Pakistan's government publicly condemns these attacks but has secretly shared intelligence with Americans and also allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi airfield in Pakistan. Washington officials say drone strikes are highly effective in the war against al-Qaeda and have killed a number of high-value targets, including Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban's founding...
Operation Enduring Freedom 2001
Afghanistan is a landlocked country that is located approximately in the center of Asia. It is located within Central Asia, and South Asia, and the Middle East. It is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east, Iran in the south and west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. The geography of Afghanistan is considered to be extremely important strategically. Afghanistan being a crossroads between the East and the West, and has been an ancient focal point of trade and migration and with the passage of time the geostrategic location of Afghanistan has made it even more important. It has an important geostrategical location, connecting South and Central Asia and Middle East. Even though it does not have vast treasures of oil and mineral but its close proximity to middle East and Central Asian oil rich states makes it a prime state.
Afghanistan has been bearing the brunt of not only the intrastate tribal and civil wars but also suffering from foreign interventions starting from 1979 Soviet invasion and recent US invasion of 2001 carried out with the aim of trampling the Taliban regime and to exterminate Osama Bin Laden and his cell based organization Al-Qaeda.
In order to analyse the military geography of Afghanistan and impact Afghanistan’s...
...AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN AND THEIR DOWNFALL
5. Geo-Strategic Importance of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is Central Asia’s land locked country, spread over an area of 253, 861 miles. Bordered on the North by the Republics of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, North-East by the Chinese province of Sinkiang, on the South-East by Pakistan, and on the West by Iran. Afghanistan’s geopolitical importance has been that of a buffer state first between the Tsarist Russian and the British Indian Empires and later between the Soviet Union and the American allies. In addition to it’s close proximity to the oil rich Persian Gulf and the erstwhile Soviet Union’ soft under belly added to its geopolitical significance. Though landlocked, Afghanistan’s Southern most tip is a mere 350 miles from the Arabian Sea, thus providing an anchor for any potent force heading towards the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.
6. Sociological Features of Afghanistan. The inhabitants of Afghanistan mostly are Muslims. 80% of population belongs to Sunni Sect, 18% are Shias, and 2% are of Ismaili Sect. It seems that religion is the real force in Afghan’s life, permeating complete social structure.
7. Ethnic Division. Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 170th out of 174 in UNDP’s Human Development Index. The ethnic division of Afghanistan is as under:-
a. Pashtuns 51%...
...Afghanistan has been in war with the U.S. mainly because, The Taliban refuses to follow through with the commands that the U.S. gave them, as well as ‘The Three Phases’, Also the planned attack in 2001, but mainly because the U.S. wants the mineral resources that are found in Afghanistan. The Taliban refused to undertake 3 simple tasks: shutting down the terrorist training camps, giving up the Al-Qaeda leaders and returning all American and Foreign citizens, which is part of the reason that we went to war with Afghanistan in 2001. The ‘Three Phases’ started in 1987-present the first phase was to topple the Taliban and destroy all terrorist camps from 1987-1997, the second phase was to defeat the Taliban military and re-build core institutes in the afghan state from 1997- September11, 2001, and the third phase was to turn to counterinsurgency doctrine due to increased military troop presence from 2001-present. America was planning an attack on Afghanistan to start off the third phase but what they didn’t know is that Afghanistan was planning an attack to the Twin towers to get back at the U.S. for what they did in the past years. The main reason to the war in Afghanistan was to get most of the mineral resources in Afghanistan that are very valuable, and costs lots of money.
Afghanistan and The U.S.A. are at...