Operation Enduring Freedom: 10 Years in Afghanistan

Operation Enduring Freedom: 10 Years in Afghanistan

Ten years ago this week, U.S. and coalition forces launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. A look back at the achievements and impact of America's longest war, the prospects for peace, and the future of U.S. involvement in the region.

On October 7, 2001, the United States launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Operation Enduring Freedom scored early victories and ousted the Taliban government in Kabul. But the U.S. invasion of Iraq two years later diverted attention away from Afghanistan and the Taliban reemerged. In the decade of fighting that followed, the war has claimed the lives of more than 1,700 American soldiers and cost the U.S. government $560 billion. Guest host Laura Knoy and her panel will discuss what’s been achieved in America’s longest war, and the future of U.S. involvement in the region.


Fernando Lujan

U.S. Army Special Forces major

Jonathan Steele

former chief foreign correspondent for the Guardian; author of the forthcoming book, "Ghosts of Afghanistan" (November 2011)

David Kilcullen

CEO and president of Caerus ("CARE-us") Associates, former senior counterinsurgency adviser to General David Petraeus in Iraq

Lt. Gen. David Barno

former Commander of the U.S. and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan: "Operation Enduring Freedom," (2003-2005) and senior adviser at the Center for a New American Security

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