At war since 2001
It began on October 7, 2001
Civil war between the armed forces and the Mujahideen (Islamic anti communist guerrillas) who came to power in 1992.
Clashes lead to the Taliban, who in the late 90s control the country.
The stated objective of the invasion was to find Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders to bring them to trial, and overthrow the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Children continue to be recruited into the army and opposition groups.
There are two military operations struggle to control the country. "Operation Enduring Freedom" is a combat operation involving some US coalition countries. This operation involved approximately 28,300 US military.
The second operation is the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which was established by the United Nations Security Council in late December 2001 to secure Kabul and its surroundings.