Afghanistan war in five minutes

Afghanistan war in five minutes

[Music] here is a timeline of the foreign military presence in afghanistan since the u.s led invasion of 2001 that toppled the taliban the war between the taliban and the u.s has been raging since with some 2 400 u.s troops and tens of thousands of afghan troops killed the conflict has also claimed the lives of over 50 000 afghan civilians october 2001 al qaeda fighters are blamed for the september 11th attacks in the us and then president george w bush announces that the u.s and uk had launched air attacks on afghanistan for harboring the armed group on my orders the united states military has begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan november 2001 some 1 300 u.s troops arrived in afghanistan december 2001 the u.s force grows to 2500 and the taliban in power since 1996 is toppled an interim administration is established and pashtun leader hamad karzai becomes its chairman march 2002 the number of u.s troops in afghanistan increases to 7200 december 2002 the total number of u.s troops in afghanistan reaches 9700 as the year ends april 2004 the number swells to 20 300 as the us builds up forces along the afghanistan-pakistan border and provides security for fledgling reconstruction projects december 2006 attention shifts to the escalating war in iraq the force in afghanistan remains just over 20 000 december 2007 the force in afghanistan rises to 25 000 but iraq remains washington’s priority may 2009 as fighting in afghanistan becomes more intense the number of u.s troops surpasses 50 000 december 2009 troops numbered more than 67 000 in the situation was deteriorating with escalating violence and more service members killed then u.s president barack obama orders in another 33 000 troops to battle al-qaeda fighters and a resurgent taliban august 2010 u.s forces in afghanistan reach 100 000 u.s u.s troops gradual drop down may 2011 al-qaeda leader osama bin laden is found hiding in neighboring pakistan and killed in a u.s special operations raid [Music] june 2011 saying the us is meeting its goals in afghanistan obama announces his withdrawal plan bring back 10 000 troops by the end of 2011 and continue at a steady pace until handing over security responsibilities to the afghans by 2014 september 2012 troop levels down to 77 000 december 2013 down to 46 000 troops the slow withdrawal continues march 2014 with nearly 34 000 troops in afghanistan obama orders the pentagon to develop options for a complete military withdrawal because karzai refuses to sign a security agreement with the u.s may 2014 obama announces his plan to pull virtually all u.s troops out of afghanistan by the end of 2016 when his second term in office will be drawing to a close december 2014 troop levels were cut in half since obama’s announcement in may down to 16 100. obama declares their combat mission over but says troops will continue training and advising afghan forces march 2015 troops declined to their current number about 9 800 on track for a nearly total withdrawal in 2016. october 2015 in a reversal obama says the situation is too fragile for the us military to leave he announces plans to keep the force of a the plan is for the number to decrease to about 5500 troops by december 2016. july 2016 saying the security situation in afghanistan remains precarious obama announces that instead of dropping the us troop level to 5500 he will keep it at about 8 400 through the end of his term in january 2017 and that his successor can determine the next move august 2017 trump warns against a hasty withdrawal from afghanistan saying conditions on the ground not arbitrary timetables will guide our strategy from now on weeks later it has confirmed that additional troops will be deployed eventually bringing the number to about fourteen thousand september 2019 khalilzad the u.s envoy announces that under a deal reached in principle with the group the first 5 000 u.s troops would withdraw within 135 days of the agreement becoming final september 2019 trump says secret meetings between himself and taliban leaders and with the afghan president at camp david are now canceled citing the death of a u.s service member in a taliban attack in kabul
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Afghanistan war in five minutes

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