September 8th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Year-by-year: War in Afghanistan

Almost nine years since the war in Afghanistan began, take a look at some of each year's key events.

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  1. makayla

    honestly what the us needs is to get our troops back.we shouldnt be fighting for other countries, yes i understand that if we help out other countries that gives us protective borders. but still, they all hae families. i mean honestly what is the US getting out of this?

    February 25, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. KAFerJ

    Thank you, q8eedee. At last someone who thinks before they type. I am IN Afghanistan and have seen first hand how the country is a context of provinces naive of their own worlds, let alone the "city-state" of Kabul and neighbors beyond their nation's border. A coalition of regional forces makes complete sense... whether it could work is another question.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. q8eeDee

    What the US needs is to pressurize Afghanistan's neighbors into contributing to making the region safer. Outside of the big cities of Kabul, Kandahar and M-e-S, most afghani's might not even associate themselves to a "country", and rather are just worried about their village or provinces. Get rid of the notion of a nation, and focus on the entire region as a whole, and on setting the region right.

    Number 1 on that list of neighbors is Pakistan. Rather than constantly seek to disrupt the region, whether thats India or Afghanistan, Pakistan should be forced to set its priorities right. Compare the failed state of Pakisthan to its "Archrival" India: Two countries born at the same time, with the same resources. One choose to play the dirty game early on indulging itself in needless wars. US should stop hoping that Pakistan will someday line up, and instead force them to get its house in order. Than includes better efforts at governance of its unmonitored territories, focusing on non madrassa education and development of its infrastucture, better economic polices, etc. Everyday news shows us where the Taliban are hiding, where the drone attacks are targetted, and where Al Qaeda's head honcho parks his sorry butt. Not to mention blocking convoys, bombing Kashmir, and whatever random tasks the ISI send its henchmen to do.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeno wagner

    the war is all george bushwacker's fault...no brains, no vision, no idea how to spell his last name....

    October 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*perk

    check you facts too bro

    October 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony

    Really. That was almost hard to read the grammar was so bad. Afghanistan is a lie. Terrorism is the new Communism. It is a scare tactic to keep you numb and dumb.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dog

    Has anyone (ie, an editor) even read the text that goes with this timeline? CNN should be embarrassed for posting something that looks like it was put together by a 5th grader! They typos are atrocious!!! And CNN is supposed to be a professional news source?

    October 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. billy32

    if we packed up and left now we would have left for nothing, all the soldier marines sailors and airmen killed in this war would have been for absolutely nothing, and we are there to prevent future wars with them, if we just leave now the insurgents will be thinking that they have scarred the americans and think they have won the war bla bla bla, and will continue more suffering and torment for more innocent lives, so, NATO forces are there to end it all for good...

    September 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel-2

    Well said.

    September 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    If it takes a generation we should remain until we kill or capture every remaining Taliban and terrorist alike, in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan! They should never again be allowed to be in control of any area on this planet! The only place they belong is in HELL!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • american

      as someone that deals with this all day it doesnt matter how many we capture or kill there will always be someone out there that hates the us and what we have all the freedoms and as long as there is islam there will be the extremists every religion has them there is nothing that we can do about wat people belive. catholisism has opus dei they are extremeists but you dont see them out there bombing people its their belife system that makes them that way and even the islamist that arent extremists will see what we are and they will become extremists so it will be a never ending cycle so do you want to keep seeing americans brothers, sisters, moms, dads, sons, and daughters killed for something that will obviously never end?

      October 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        don't you realize these illegal wars are creating more extremists that you are killing?And this is coming from a British citizen.I wonder what the feeling is among people in Muslim countries. .

        October 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Common Sense

    180* + LIES = 360*

    September 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel-2

    9 years in a place where we have absolutely no business being! When are we going to do the right thing and leave just like the Russians did???Not anytime in the near future as the right-wing thugs in Washington keep on running things.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Because surrendering Afghanistan back to the Taliban is unacceptable. Doing so would make it once again a haven for al Qaeda and a breeding ground for international terrorism.

      But I suppose left wing thugs like you and those that control Washington can't figure that out for yourselves.

      September 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Sorry Daniel.The bozo who usurped my name posted the above trying to make me look stupid.I want you to know that I totally agree with you.

        September 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Well put,Daniel.You're quite right about the right-wing thugs in Washington wanting to control things.I'm sick and tired of it.

      September 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Mind your own business too.

        September 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Makayla

      I agree. I have had to write an essay on the contriversy and compromise of the war. how in the world are we supposed to have all our troops back, if we keep sending more and more over? My brother is in Korea, and its like everyday there is something new to be said. I just want my brother back home, he deserves to be back. Every single soldier who is over there shouldnt be over there. All the one's who died over there, shouldnt have died over there. We are over there supporting a country, who in a few years will turn on us, if half of them havent already. 9 years in some where we shouldnt be us just absolutely bizarke. The US should just keep to theirselves and leave everyone else out of it, let other countries fight their own battles.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Ronny Calling

        Did you forget thousand of US soldiers in more than 800 military US bases all over the world?
        What are they doing there? Some of thaq bases (Okinawa, Ramstaed, has more than fifty thousand US soldiers ( add families, and mercenaries). What are the waitging for? Why do the US spend trillion of dollars in wars and guns. Did you know that the US supplies more than 75% OF ALL WORLD GUNS? Don't you think that's the reason of the US is crumbling? What for so many nuclear bombs in stock ( 5132 only in US) What for?
        And did you know there has been 30 thusando suicides per year in the US ( the most part are war veterans). Whar for.
        Add the mutilated and the mercenaries. In Afgan there are more than sixty thousand mercenaries helping americans to kill afgan people. What for? How must do they cost to the US tax payers?
        And how about the US debt? More than FIFTY FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS. Your grand grand grand childrens will be paying this mountain of debts. What for.
        That's why the american empire is declining. For shure!

        September 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |