A timeline since the Afghanistan war broke out

Friday marks the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the US war in Afghanistan. US troops entered Afghanistan shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, as Washington demanded the Taliban hand over al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Taliban was removed from power after two months, and a transitional government was named in June 2002. The conflict was initially backed by close allies of the US like the UK. NATO joined the campaign in early 2003, and international forces assumed control in August. Bin Laden was finally killed in 2011. US President Barack Obama declared an end to the war in May 2014.

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