U.S. Army Sgt. Cullen Wurzer, right, of Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cody Johnson, center, of Ankeny, Iowa, both cavalry scouts, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andy Zaidi, left, of Oakland, Calif., and U.S. Army Spc. Shane Taylor, back, of Slater, Iowa, all with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, discuss plans to maneuver into Pacha Khak village, Afghanistan, while conducting a dismounted patrol, April 7. Troop B searched the village for weapons caches and conducted a key leader engagement with the village malik.
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.