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Timelines of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Published: March 25, 2013


• Sept. 11, 2001 — Al-Qaida operatives hijack four commercial airliners, flying two into New York's World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashes in a field near the town of Shanksville, Pa., after passengers storm the cockpit. U.S. President George W. Bush announces a “war against terrorism,” targeting both the terrorists themselves and those who harbor them, including Afghanistan.

• Oct. 7, 2001 — Bush orders military strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and Taliban military installations inside Afghanistan. Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden releases a videotaped statement praising the 9/11 attackers and promising war against the United States.

• Nov. 6, 2001 — Northern Alliance fighters backed by U.S. air support capture the districts of Zari, Keshendeh and Aq-Kupruk in northern Afghanistan.

• Nov. 9-10, 2001 — The strategic northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif falls to American and Northern Alliance forces.

• Nov. 12-14, 2001 — Coalition forces capture the capital city of Kabul and the northern city of Herat.

• Dec. 6, 2001 — Kandahar, the last major city under Taliban control, falls to coalition forces.

• April 25, 2003 — Army Pvt. Jerod Dennis, of Antlers, dies in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan. Dennis, 19, is the first Oklahoman to be killed in Afghanistan.

• Feb. 27, 2007 — A suicide bomber attacks the entrance to Bagram Air Base during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claims responsibility, saying Cheney was the target. The blast kills 23 people and leaves Cheney unhurt.

• Feb. 17, 2008 — A suicide bomber kills more than 100 people in Kandahar. Officials call it the deadliest suicide bombing of the war.

• Dec. 1, 2009 — President Barack Obama announces 30,000 additional troops will be sent to Afghanistan in a move similar to the earlier troop surge in Iraq.

• June 23, 2010 — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, resigns after making controversial comments about Obama administration officials.

• July 25, 2010 — releases over 90,000 leaked documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan. Obama administration officials immediately criticize the release. Pfc. Bradley Manning, a Crescent native, is jailed after being accused of leaking documents to the website.

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