Afghanistan: 10 years, 10 perspectives
October 5th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Afghanistan: 10 years, 10 perspectives

October 7, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, a conflict that has drawn passionate praise and criticism since its beginning.

The war began in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001, with the goal of ending al Qaeda terrorist activity.

To look back on 10 years of war, CNN asked service members, contractors and Afghans how the conflict changed their lives. We gathered 10 of those that outline 10 very different experiences in the years of war, but the contributors all have one thing in common: Their lives will never be the same.

Check out the full interactive: 10 years, 10 perspectives

If you've been involved in the war in Afghanistan, we want to hear your stories, too. Share them on CNN iReport.

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  1. Water Games

    It has all imperative news so when I interpret this site that I have been very constructive and I think it very obligatory all community.

    October 19, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. jsr

    Everyone is gun-ho, like a July 4th parade, until reality of war sets in. Well America created it, it can live with it. The terrorist are winning because America is going broke, and it was the objective- bust USA. No end in site for either WAR, dollars keep burning and costs will increase with returning veterans medical expenses.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. InfidelHere

    Here's the is the cult ideology called ISLAM that is driving all of this madness! With that, We can only hope that more and more muslims are becoming disillusioned with islam. We can only hope that they find out that the mechanistic ritual of praying five times per day, reciting verses that they do not understand (and indeed mean nothing), getting up at taxing hours of the morning and abstaining from food and water until the sunset are not means to becoming more spiritual, but are instruments to control their mind. These enlightened muslims no more heed to the fear mongering verses of the koran that threaten to burn them and roast them in the "fires of hell" (per the koran) if they dare to think and question the validity of that book.

    We can only hope they find islam inconsistent with science, logics, human rights. WOMEN's rights and ethics.

    This is a reason why "true" islamic countries are trying to crack down on the internet and other avenues of information that threaten all of the misgivings that have been pounded into these people's head for the last 1,400 years.

    Until then, unti you recognized what is driving this madness (ISLAM), our self deception will defeat us!

    October 6, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. ++

    erratically.....quite right.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |