Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), fire a 120mm mortar during a combat operation in the Da’udzay Valley in the Zabol province of Afghanistan Oct. 23, 2007. The operation is a joint Afghan National Army and ISAF mission to clear anti-government elements from the Dawzi area in Zabol province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Downen) (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.