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8 Years in Afghanistan
President Obama gathered his national security team for another strategy session on Afghanistan on Wednesday, eight years after the war started and as a new poll shows public support for the war declining. Launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to defeat the Taliban and rid Al Qaeda of a home base, the war has lasted longer than initially envisioned.
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Nov. 27, 2001: U.S. special operation troops communicate with a field radio during fighting by northern alliance troops against pro-Taliban forces in a fortress near Mazar-e-Sharif.

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 Nov. 15, 2001: A U.S. Air Force special operations soldier walks by an Afghan boy as others loyal to the northern alliance look on, in Khwaja Bahuaddin, Afghanistan.

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Oct. 17: U.S. soldiers leave a house after performing a search in the village of Tit, southeastern Afghanistan.

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Oct. 3, 2002: A U.S. Army soldier provides security at a graduation ceremony for the 3rd battalion of the Afghan Army at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Nov. 7, 2002: Soldiers of the U.S. 82nd airborne escort an Afghan detainee after flex-cuffing and blindfolding him during Operation Alamo Sweep in southeastern Afghanistan.

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Nov. 14, 2002: U.S. soldier, a members of the 82nd Airborne Division, secures an area from the top of an armored vehicle on the sunset near the town of Yayeh Kehl, Paktia province, Afghanistan, south of Kabul.

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Oct. 22, 2002: A U.S. soldier from 82nd Airborne Division monitors his shot during a life firing of an M-61 mortar at a firing range near their base in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second largest city.

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March 27, 2003: U.S. Army Sgt. David Parshall inspects one of many pieces of unexploded ordnance discovered off the National Highway 4 near the army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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June 4, 2003: British Army infantry Maj. Jamie Loden, the Task Force Devil operation/plans officer, prepares to fire a Romanian-made RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade during a joint U.S.-British-Romanian live fire at Tarnak Farms, Afghanistan.

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Aug. 3, 2003: An Afghan boy rides on the front of a truck as it enters Pul-e-Chakhi refugee processing center, south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Sept. 19, 2000: U.S. soldiers stand in front of a house destroyed in an explosion in Bagram, around 45 kilometers from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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 Sept.11, 2003: U.S soldiers pray during the Sept.11 memorial ceremony in Bagram U.S base, some 27 miles  north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Sept. 22, 2003: Roshan Cull, 30, holds a U.S. flag after receiving a wheelchair for her daughter during a Wheelchair Foundation distribution ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Oct. 10, 2003: An Afghan beggar, right, tries to get some money from Italian ISAF soldiers while they were patrolling in the streets in central Kabul, Afghanistan.

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April 2, 2004: An American soldier inspects a cave complex where the day before they found arms, ammunition, and personal effects of the cave's former inhabitants in Zunchora, near the Pakistani border.

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April 4, 2004: A U.S. soldier searches in a village near Khost area.

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Sept. 11, 2004: U.S soldiers march in front of a U.S. flag during a memorial ceremony at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.

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March 17, 2004: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at a news conference flanked by an Afghan soldier and members of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's American security force at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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 June 14, 2004: U.S. Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld , right, speaks with reporters with Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, at the Pentagon.

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Jan. 6, 2004: A German soldier removes an American flag after U.S. soldiers transferred authority of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led German troops at the PRT headquarters in Konduz, Afghanistan.

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March 19, 2005: U.S. soldiers and Afghan Lashgar Gah's residents gather to take part in the ground opening of Lashkar Gah's PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) of Helmand province, about 343 miles south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Oct. 12, 2005: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, listens as Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday . 

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July 4, 2005: Two U.S. soldiers ride a camel during celebrations to mark the U.S. 4th of July Independence Day at Camp Phoenix, in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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June 25, 2005: U.S. soldiers walk to board a helicopter in the airbase in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

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March 1, 2006: U.S. President George W. Bush, second left, cuts a ribbon as he officially opens the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Sept. 8, 2006: A U.S soldier stands guard at the bomb blast site near the U.S Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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July 21, 2006: A German International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier guards a U.S. C130 Hercules plane as NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, not seen, visits NATO expansion preparations for southern Afghanistan, in Tarin Kot, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

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 June 14, 2006: U.S. military officers salute their color guards during a ceremony marking the U.S. Army's 231st birthday at the U.S main base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Aug. 7, 2006: Chaplain Capt. Stanislas Goutier, his hands raised, prays with U.S. troops before their departure for operation from Naray base in Afghanistan.

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June 26, 2007: Pfc. Lorianne Flippo, left, prepares to gives mock first aid to fellow solider Pfc. Claudia Brooks during a medic training exercise at Fort Campbell Army Base in Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Jan. 16, 2007: In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their joint news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Jan. 31, 2007: A soldier of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stands guard during the opening ceremony of a hospital in Qalat, the provincial capital of Zabul province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan .

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Feb. 20, 2007: A U.S. paramedic of the 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 10th Mountain Division treats an Afghan boy at a forwarding base in Orgun-E in eastern Afghanistan.

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Feb. 15, 2007: A U.S. soldier of 2nd Battalion 87 Infantry Regiment 10 Mountain Division salutes near a war memorial at a forwarding base in Orgun-E in eastern Afghanistan.

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Aug. 6. 2007: In this image release by U.S. Army shows Coalition Service Members search detainees in Margah village, Bermel District, Paktika province, Afghanistan.

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Aug. 31, 2007: A foreign investigator makes a call as he inspects the scene after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A U.S. solider sits on a humvee as Afghan boys look on during a free medical camp organized by U.S. army in Khakar village in Lagman, southeastern Afghanistan, Thursday, April 12, 2007. Khakar is what the Americans call a "swing village." Given sustained security and assistance it might well side with the government; without them, it goes the way of the insurgents. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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Afghanistan 2008

July 6, 2008: An unidentified U.S. Marines soldier, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, doing push ups at forward operating base near the town of Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

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April 17, 2008: A U.S. soldier of the 101st Airborne Division patrols as Afghan girls look on in Khost province, Afghanistan.

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An unidentified U.S. Marines soldier, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, doing push ups at forward operating base near the town of Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan Sunday, July 6, 2008. The U.S. Defense Department has extended the combat tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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Sept. 25, 2009: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brad Hollingsead, left, Lt. Rick Chersicla, center, and Capt. Brian Moran, all of 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment from Fort Drum, N.Y., brace themselves as a helicopter lands at their combat outpost in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province.

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Sept. 25, 2009: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brad Hollingsead, left, Lt. Rick Chersicla, center, and Capt. Brian Moran, all of 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment from Fort Drum, N.Y., brace themselves as a helicopter lands at their combat outpost in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province.

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Sept. 28, 2009: Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., eat and rest after a long patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province. 

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Sept. 20, 2009: Pfc. Jeremy Theisen, from Boulder, Colorado, member of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, trains his weapon at a base in Zerok District, East Paktika province in Afghanistan.

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May 3, 2009: U.S. soliders of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division patrol during a search operation to hunt members of the Taliban in Nerkh district of Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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8 Years in Afghanistan

President Obama gathered his national security team for another strategy session on Afghanistan on Wednesday, eight years after the war started and as a new poll shows public support for the war declining. Launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to defeat the Taliban and rid Al Qaeda of a home base, the war has lasted longer than initially envisioned.

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