U.S. Army 1st Lt., left, and an interpreter pull security on top of a mountain ridge during a reconnaissance mission near Forward Operating Base Lane in the Zabul province of Afghanistan Feb. 28, 2009. Tomberlin is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army/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.