Reporter Notebook Afghanistan Strikes 20 Years Later

Reporter Notebook

A solemn anniversary: 20 years since America launched military strikes in Afghanistan

By Ian Toner, Ezra Hong

20 years ago Thursday, President George W. Bush announced America’s first military strikes in Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They targeted members of al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders providing safe haven for the terrorists.

Though American air strikes and ground forces sent the Taliban on the run, the group has regained power in Afghanistan, and the nation is in disarray.

To understand how each American president guided the military’s engagements in Afghanistan over two decades, check out From Bush to Biden: How each president handled America’s longest war in Afghanistan.

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20 years ago Thursday, President George W. Bush announced America’s first military strikes in Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They targeted members of al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders providing safe haven for the terrorists.

Though American air strikes and ground forces sent the Taliban on the run, the group has regained power in Afghanistan, and the nation is in disarray.

To understand how each American president guided the military’s engagements in Afghanistan over two decades, check out From Bush to Biden: How each president handled America’s longest war in Afghanistan.

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