A 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, takes off for a combat sortie in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 14, 2016. The 421st EFS, based out of Bagram Airfield, is the only dedicated fighter squadron in the country and continuously supports Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
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.