U.S. Army Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, watch the surrounding hills for insurgents, while fellow Co. C Soldiers race to their position, dodging heavy sniper fire, during a three-hour gun battle with insurgent forces in Kunar province, Afghanistan’s Waterpur valley, Nov. 3. The 4th Infantry Division Soldiers have been battling insurgent forces in the Waterpur valley since arriving in Afghanistan last June.
The War in Afghanistan followed the 2001 United States invasion of Afghanistan. Its public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and to deny it a safe base of operations in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. This is the longest war in United States history.