The Afghanistan and Pakistan Wars
Reasons why their is conflict with militant groups
1. During the cold war the US supported militant groups in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union. The US promised to help rebuild the country after the war, but the US ended up not helping at all. The militant groups ended up hating the US, making them the US's enemy.
2. Tensions flared once again after 9/11 when Al Qaida bombed the world trade center and the pentagon. The US chased Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden (Top Right) into Pakistan.
3. The militant groups are considered terrorists by the US. All terrorists are enemies of the US.
Main events in Afghanistan war
1. Sept 11 2001 - Al Qaida flies planes into the world trade center, later known as 9/11
2. Sept 18 2001 - President George W. Bush authorizes the use of force against those responsible for 9/11
3. Oct 7 2001 - US military with British support begins a series of bombings against the Taliban
4. Dec 9 2001 - The Taliban collapses, Leader Mullah Omar flees Kandahar
5. May 1 2003 - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld states that Major Combat operations are over (Like Bush's mission accomplished speech)
6. Feb 17 2009 - Obama plans to send 17,000 more soldiers to combat terrorism in the region
7. May 1 2011 - Osama Bin Laden is killed by Seal Team 6
8. 2012 - Obama announces all troops to be withdrawn by 2016
Pictures of Events
Bin Ladin's Safe House
This is where the CIA located Osama Bin Laden, and this is where he was killed.
Bush delivered his mission accomplished speech in 2003.
On Sept 11, 2001 terrorists flew two planes into the world trade center.