Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, walks through an alley looking for signs of sickness or disease during Operation Mavericks, an operation that Marines conducted to capture suspected Anti Coaltion Forces in the vicinity of Methar Lam, Afghanistan on March 19, 2005. 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines is conducting security and stabilization operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal James L. Yarboro) Released
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.