Una década de guerra en Afganistán

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011.  A U.S. soldier of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province, in this August 12, 2009 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files  (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY)

Hace 10 años comenzó la guerra de Afganistán o Afghanistan escrito en inglés que es como solemos escribirlo en la sección de fotografía cuando buscamos fotos en las agencias internacionales. Me ha sorpredido que haga menos de un mes que fuera también el décimo aniversario del ataque de las Torres Gemelas.  Ya no recordaba lo rápido que se comenzó la guerra en Afganistán para derrocar al régimen talibán que escondía en sus montañas a Bin Laden. Hace pocos meses que los USA mataron al autor de los ataques pero la paz en este país aun no ha llegado diez años después.

Estas imágenes forman parte de un pack editado por la agencia Reuters que nos ha llegado esta semana con motivo del aniversario que se celebra hoy 7 de octubre. El paquete enviado por Reuters lo forman 53 imágenes de las que os muestro una seleción. Es de agredecer que las agencias hagan este trabajo y que además sean tan generosas en el número de fotos. Aquí os dejo estas increibles fotografías que documentan lo que ha sido esta década de guerra en Afganistán.

Tened en cuenta que en esta entrada hay IMÁGENES QUE PUEDEN HERIR LA SENSIBILIDAD DEL LECTOR por sus escenas de sangre, dolor y muerte.

53 FILE PICTURES WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY TO ACCOMPANY THE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. SEARCH KEYWORD “AFGHANISTAN DECADE” TO SEE ALL THE IMAGES (PXP400-452). A WIDER EDIT OF IMAGES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://link.reuters.com/zuf37 Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014 (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Anti-Taliban Afghan fighters watch several explosions from U.S. bombings in the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan, in this December 16, 2001 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.  REUTERS/Erik de Castro/Files (AFGHANISTAN  – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Graffiti left behind by Taliban fighters remains on the walls of a compound now used as a command center for the U.S Marine Corps’s First Battalion, Eighth Marines at Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in this November 10, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT SOCIETY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A crowd watches an Afghan National Army Air Corps helicopter carrying President Hamid Karzai during an election rally in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, south of Kabul, in this August 4, 2009 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.    REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS TRANSPORT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A Canadian soldier shakes hands with an Afghan boy during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army troops near Panjwaii village, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, in this July 13, 2007 file photo.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.  REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. In this file picture released exclusively to Reuters on January 17, 2009, Taliban militants are seen with their weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on January 16, 2009.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Stringer/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmsir in Helmand Province of Afghanistan, in this May 18, 2008 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files  (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Afghan refugee children look from the window of their shelter in the former Soviet embassy, a huge compound amid the destruction of west Kabul, in this November 27, 2001 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY CONFLICT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. U.S. Marines carry a comrade wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) to a waiting medevac helicopter, near the town of Marjah in Helmand Province, in this August 21, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Bob Strong/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A father wipes a tear away from his child’s face during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in this November 13, 2010 file photo.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.  REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011.  US Marines from Charlie 1/1 of the 15th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) fill sand bags around their light mortar position on the front lines of the US Marine Corps base in southern Afghanistan, in this December 1, 2001 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Jim Hollander/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011.An Afghan girl reads from the board in a home-based school in Kabul, in this December 2, 2001 file photo.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT EDUCATION)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. An Afghan man is detained by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion, Eighth Marines Bravo Company at their base in Talibjan after a battle against Taliban insurgents in Musa Qala district in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in this November 7, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.  REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Members of a mortar team attached to the U.S. Army’s Dagger Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade return fire with a 120mm mortar during an attack by militants on Michigan Base in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, in this August 7, 2009 file photo.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Afghan boy walks next to a pile of Russian-made helmets in the Panjshir Valley, some 100km  (63 miles) north of Kabul, in this August 10, 2005 file photo.  Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A French sniper (R) looks through his rifle’s scope while keeping watch over Qarabagh district, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Kabul, in this November 20, 2007 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Children play on diving platforms at an empty pool in Kabul, in this June 5, 2007 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A U.S. Army medevac crew member attempts to revive a Marine mortally wounded in an IED (improvised explosion device) blast near the town of Marjah in Helmand province, in this August 22, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Bob Strong/Files  (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A donkey transports ballot boxes to villages unreachable by vehicles in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, in this September 17, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS ANIMALS)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011.ATTENTION EDITORS — PLEASE NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT CONTAINING SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH The bodies of five Taliban fighters killed by Afghan National Police lie in the back of a vehicle at Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in this November 13, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. A dust-covered Afghan National Army soldier with a flower tucked behind his ear rides on the back of a vehicle during a patrol near the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, in this November 13, 2007 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files    (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Monica McNeal (R) cries as she hugs a U.S. Marine at the grave (L) of her 19-year-old son Eric Ward, at Arlington National Cemetery, in this May 27, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files    (UNITED STATES – Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Private First Class Brandon Voris, 19, of Lebanon, Ohio, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company, stands in the middle of his camp as a sandstorm hits his remote outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in this October 28, 2010 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly/Files   (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST ENVIRONMENT MILITARY)

THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF 53 TOP IMAGES FROM THE AFGHAN CONFLICT AHEAD OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON OCTOBER 7, 2011. Afghans walk down a hill in Kabul, in this April 23, 2007 file photo. Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to Afghan forces by 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files     (AFGHANISTAN – Tags: SOCIETY)


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