Who doesn't remember the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in the United States of America? This attack had made it to nerves of every American including its government and had spread terror around the world. The United States military's attention had turned colossally and unbiasedly towards Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda's leaders were based. The world was prepared for an invasion but no one knew it would turn into a 16-year long war!
A war against Taliban and Al Qaeda that showed the world an ugly side of humanity and maneuvered its way through the lives of each and every Afghan. Bloodshed, tears, loss, destruction, and terrorism summarize the lives of people inhabiting in Afghanistan in last 16 years.
This period was seen by three American presidencies and outlasted a dozen American military commanders and not just that, the war also opened a window into a country where modernity clashed with tribal customs and religious edicts.
Here, I present to you the images in reverse chronological order that showcase the war in, through the eyes of the New York Times photographers.
A view of the outskirts of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2016.
The aftermath of an accidental American airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in 2015.
Afghan National Army soldiers, left, and American soldiers blew up a Taliban firing position in the village of Layadira, Kandahar Province, in 2013.
Members of the 101st Airborne Division in Paktia Province in 2013.
Soldiers boarded a helicopter in Kunduz in 2013.
Marines on patrol looking for homemade bombs in Marja, Helmand Province, in 2010.
Afghan soldiers rushed a wounded Afghan National Police officer to a United States Army medevac helicopter in Kunar Province in 2010.
An American soldier looking over the Pech Valley, in Kunar Province, in 2010.
An American troop transport preparing to land in Mazar-i-Sharif in April 2010.
President Obama with cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009.
A suicide car bomber struck near a hotel in Kabul, killing at least eight people and wounding 40, in 2009.
Soldiers from the First Infantry Division on a foot patrol in Hutal, Kandahar Province, in 2009.
President George W. Bush, with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, during a visit to Kabul in 2008.
Wounded soldiers in the Korengal Valley in 2007.
American soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division took cover and yelled to others to get out of the line of fire after being ambushed in a valley by Taliban fighters while patrolling the village of Hazarbuz in southern Afghanistan in 2006.
American soldiers at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, in 2002.
An Eastern Alliance fighter watched as an American B-52 bomber circled above Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountains in 2001.
Northern Alliance fighters on the way into Kabul in 2001 found a Taliban fighter in a ditch and killed him despite his pleas.
Northern Alliance troops walked to the front lines at Bangi, outside the besieged Taliban stronghold of Kunduz in 2001.
Via NY Times
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