By ABIGAIL DE SALVO – The United States has been involved in many wars throughout history, and is known as the elite country when it comes to war. For nearly two decades now, we have been at war in Afghanistan. The war started on October 7, 2001, and is still going on today. It is currently the longest war in U.S. history.
The war started a little under a month after the 9/11 terrorist attack. On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda organized for four planes to be hijacked and flown into U.S. targeted places. Two of the planes hit the twin towers, another hit the Pentagon in Washington, and the last crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There were nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks. This attack gave rise to the war. The president of the time, George W. Bush vowed to, “win the war against terrorism”.
Currently, there are 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to Washington Post, “The deaths bring to 14 the number of U.S. service members killed by hostile forces this year, surpassing the total of 13 killed in 2018. About 2,400 have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. In July, two U.S. soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan army soldier who opened fire at a rural military base.” As of February 13, there have been 33 government forces killed, and 15 civilians killed in Afghanistan.
After nearly two decades of war, citizens may think, why hasn’t the war stopped? Government officials have been giving hope to residents of the states, telling them the war is coming to an end. Leaked documents suggest the Afghanistan War is unwinnable.
Will this draw out to be the longest war in all history? President Trump says, “I could win that war in a week”. President Trump also claims the country could be “wiped off the face of the earth”, but he did not “want to kill 10 million people.” President Ashraf Ghani suggests the idea of Afghanistan and the U.S. being “grounded on common interests and mutual respect.”