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The longest war
Scenes from 16 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history.
AFGHANISTAN-ATTACK/
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August 02, 2017
U.S. troops assess the damage to an armoured vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
U.S. troops assess the damage to an armoured vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack...
U.S. troops assess the damage to an armoured vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar province, August 2017.

REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem
AFGHANISTAN-BLAST/
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June 30, 2015
U.S. soldiers attend to a wounded soldier at the site of a blast in Kabul, June 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani...
Kabul, Afghanistan
U.S. soldiers attend to a wounded soldier at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan
U.S. soldiers attend to a wounded soldier at the site of a blast in Kabul, June 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
AFGHANISTAN-ATTACK/VICTIMS
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December 30, 2015
Ryan Lemm salutes as he watches the casket of his father, NYPD officer Joseph Lemm, who was killed on...
New York, UNITED STATES
Ryan Lemm salutes as he is carried by NYPD officer John McCrossen as he watches the casket of his father,...
Ryan Lemm salutes as he watches the casket of his father, NYPD officer Joseph Lemm, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan, following funeral services in Manhattan, December 2015. Lemm was one of six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Afghanistan's Bagram air base.


REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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January 04, 2015
A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment pays his respects during a memorial for Specialist Wyatt...
Bagram, Afghanistan
A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment pays his respects during a memorial for Specialist Wyatt...
A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment pays his respects during a memorial for Specialist Wyatt Martin and Sergeant First Class Ramon Morris at Bagram Air Field in Parwan province, December 2014. Specialist Martin and Sergeant First Class Ramon were killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol near Bagram Air Field.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
AFGHANISTAN-MILITARY/
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December 31, 2014
A rocket fired by U.S. soldiers from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment explodes next to a destroyed...
GAMBERI, Afghanistan
A rocket fired by U.S. soldiers from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment explodes next to a destroyed...
A rocket fired by U.S. soldiers from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment explodes next to a destroyed bus at operating base Gamberi in Laghman province, December 2014.


REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
AFGHANISTAN-CHRISTMAS/
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December 24, 2014
U.S. troops from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) light candles during Christmas...
Bagram, Afghanistan
U.S. troops from the Nato-led ISAF light candles during Christmas Eve celebrations at Bagram Airfield,...
U.S. troops from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) light candles during Christmas Eve celebrations at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, December 2014.



REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
AFGHANISTAN-ATTACKS/USA-GREENE
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August 14, 2014
Susan Myers, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, pats his casket during the end of a full military...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Wife of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene pats his casket during his funeral in Virginia
Susan Myers, wife of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, pats his casket during the end of a full military honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, August 2014. Greene was killed in Afghanistan and is the highest ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War. REUTERS/Larry Downing
AFGHANISTAN/
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February 03, 2013
A U.S. Army soldier with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division blows a bubble...
PA'IN KALAY, Afghanistan
A U.S. Army soldier with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division blows a bubble...
A U.S. Army soldier with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division blows a bubble with his chewing gum during a mission near Command Outpost Pa'in Kalay in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, February 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
USA/
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March 11, 2013
Lesleigh Coyer of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A woman lies down in front of the grave of her brother at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington...
Lesleigh Coyer of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
AFGHANISTAN
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November 05, 2012
U.S soldiers blow up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Paktika...
WALLI WAS, Afghanistan
U.S soldiers blow up a roadside bomb near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province
U.S soldiers blow up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, November 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
AFGHANISTAN
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June 11, 2011
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece...
Seprwan Ghar, Afghanistan
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece...
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
AFGHANISTAN
RTR2IZIQ
February 23, 2011
A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers...
KUNJAK, Afghanistan
U.S. Marine watches gathering storm in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province
A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 2011.


REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
AFGHANISTAN
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February 24, 2011
A Chinook helicopter lands to pick up U.S. soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division following a night...
Paktika, Afghanistan
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A Chinook helicopter lands to pick up U.S. soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division following a night raid in Yahya Khel, Paktika province, Afghanistan, February 2011.


REUTERS/Matt Robinson
AFGHANISTAN
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August 25, 2010
A U.S. Army medevac crew member attempts to revive a Marine mortally wounded in an IED blast near the...
MARJAH, Afghanistan
A U.S. Army medevac crew member attempts to revive a Marine mortally wounded in an IED blast near the...
A U.S. Army medevac crew member attempts to revive a Marine mortally wounded in an IED blast near the town of Marjah in Helmand province, August 2010.


REUTERS/Bob Strong
AFGHANISTAN
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July 27, 2010
Afghan troops and soldiers with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division...
COP NOLEN, Afghanistan
Afghan troops and US Army soldiers take up fighting positions after taking incoming fire at Combat Outpost...
Afghan troops and soldiers with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division take up fighting positions after taking incoming fire at Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, July 2010.


REUTERS/Bob Strong
AFGHANISTAN
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July 23, 2010
Captain Melvin Cabebe with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stands...
COP NOLEN, Afghanistan
M-ATV armored vehicle burns after it struck an improvised explosive device near Combat Outpost Nolen...
Captain Melvin Cabebe with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stands near a burning M-ATV armored vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device near Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, July 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong
AFGHANISTAN
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July 08, 2010
A group of men detained for suspected Taliban activities are held for questioning at a schoolhouse in...
KUHAK, Afghanistan
A group of men detained for suspected Taliban activities are held for questioning at a schoolhouse in...
A group of men detained for suspected Taliban activities are held for questioning at a schoolhouse in the village of Kuhak in Arghandab District, north of Kandahar, July 2010.


REUTERS/Bob Strong
AFGHANISTAN
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January 14, 2010
U.S. Marines from MP Company, 1st Marine Division attached to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, smoke cigars...
DELARAM, Afghanistan
U.S. Marines smoke cigars as they play cards at AHP station in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan
U.S. Marines from MP Company, 1st Marine Division attached to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, smoke cigars as they play cards at AHP station in Nimroz province, January 2010.


REUTERS/Marko Djurica
AFGHANISTAN
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April 27, 2010
A Stryker armored vehicle from the U.S. Army's MGS Platoon, Alpha Company, 4-23 Infantry Battalion, 5th...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Stryker armoured vehicle fires a 120mm mortar in Kandahar
A Stryker armored vehicle from the U.S. Army's MGS Platoon, Alpha Company, 4-23 Infantry Battalion, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team fires a 120mm mortar during a night patrol in Kandahar, April 2010.


REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
AFGHANISTAN
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October 09, 2009
U.S. marines fire during a Taliban ambush as they carry out an operation to clear an area in Helmand...
Kabul, Afghanistan
U.S. marines fire during a Taliban ambush as they carry out an operation to clear an area in Helmand...
U.S. marines fire during a Taliban ambush as they carry out an operation to clear an area in Helmand province, October 2009.


REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
AFGHANISTAN
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October 04, 2009
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's Alpha Battery, 425 Field Artillery, 3rd brigade of 10th Mountain Division...
KHERWAR, Afghanistan
Soldiers from the U.S. Army fire their 155 mm Howitzer in Cop Cherokee base
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's Alpha Battery, 425 Field Artillery, 3rd brigade of 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum, New York, fire their 155 mm Howitzer in Cop Cherokee base in Logar province, October 2009.


REUTERS/Nikola Solic
AFGHANISTAN
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August 25, 2009
A U.S. soldier, wounded by sniper fire, is evacuated by his comrades in the village of Bargematal, Nuristan...
BARGEMATAL, Afghanistan
A U.S. soldier, wounded by sniper fire, is evacuated by his comrades in the village of Bargematal
A U.S. soldier, wounded by sniper fire, is evacuated by his comrades in the village of Bargematal, Nuristan province, August 2009.


REUTERS/Oleg Popov
AFGHANISTAN
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August 11, 2009
A U.S. soldier of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission...
HONAKER MIRACLES CAMP, Afghanistan
U.S. soldier takes break during night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province...
A U.S. soldier of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission in the Pesh valley of Kunar Province, August 2009.


REUTERS/Carlos Barria
AFGHANISTAN
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August 14, 2009
U.S. SPC Henry Rosenquist of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior sits in the computer...
None, Afghanistan
U.S. SPC Henry Rosenquist of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior sits in the computer...
U.S. SPC Henry Rosenquist of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior sits in the computer room in Honaker Miracle camp in the Pesh valley of Kunar Province, August 2009.


REUTERS/Carlos Barria
AFGHANISTAN
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December 09, 2008
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after...
GARMSIR, Afghanistan
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after...
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters open fire near Garmsir in Helmand Province, May 2008.


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
AFGHANISTAN
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January 28, 2008
U.S. soldiers turn away as a Black Hawk helicopter takes off from their base near the Afghan-Pakistan...
JAJI, Afghanistan
U.S. soldiers turn away as a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter takes off from a U.S. base in the Jaji district...
U.S. soldiers turn away as a Black Hawk helicopter takes off from their base near the Afghan-Pakistan border, January 2008.


REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
AFGHANISTAN
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March 22, 2008
U.S Army soldiers and an Afghan policeman look at the bodies of Taliban fighters after a gun battle near...
SHAJOY, Afghanistan
U.S Army soldiers and an Afghan policeman looks at the bodies of Taliban fighters after a gun battle...
U.S Army soldiers and an Afghan policeman look at the bodies of Taliban fighters after a gun battle near the village of Shajoy in Zabol province, March 2008.


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
AFGHANISTAN
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February 13, 2010
U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chris Sanderson, 24, from Flemington, New Jersey, shouts as he tries to protect...
MARJAH, Afghanistan
A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, shouts as he tries to protect an Afghan...
U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chris Sanderson, 24, from Flemington, New Jersey, shouts as he tries to protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 2010.


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
AFGHANISTAN
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March 22, 2008
Afghan policemen stand next to a captured Taliban fighter after a gun battle near the village of Shajoy...
SHAJOY, Afghanistan
Afghan policemen stand next to a captured Taliban fighter after a gun battle near the village of Shajoy...
Afghan policemen stand next to a captured Taliban fighter after a gun battle near the village of Shajoy in Zabol province, March 2008.


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
AFGHANISTAN
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November 20, 2007
A French sniper looks through his rifle's scope while keeping watch over Qarabagh district, north of...
Qarabagh, Afghanistan
A French sniper looks through his rifle's scope while keeping watch over Qarabagh district
A French sniper looks through his rifle's scope while keeping watch over Qarabagh district, north of Kabul, November 2007.


REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
AFGHANISTAN
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October 22, 2007
A wounded Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was...
HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan
A wounded Canadian soldier crawls for cover after his position was hit by a Taliban shell in southern...
A wounded Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimeter recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zhari district, October 2007.


REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
ATTACK
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December 28, 2001
An Afghan girl peers out from behind a wall at passing U.S. Marines driving inside light armored vehicles...
Kandahar, Afghanistan - IslamicStateof Afghanistan
AFGHAN GIRL LOOKS AT MARINES DRIVING BY IN ARMORED VEHICLE.
An Afghan girl peers out from behind a wall at passing U.S. Marines driving inside light armored vehicles down Route 4 outside the Kandahar airport, December 2001.

REUTERS/Earnie Grafton/POOL
ATTACK
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December 02, 2001
A US Marine Humvee kicks up dust as it crosses a group of Marine LAVs as it leaves on patrol from the...
Southern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
MARINE HUMVEE MOVES PAST ARMOURED VEHICLES IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN.
A US Marine Humvee kicks up dust as it crosses a group of Marine LAVs as it leaves on patrol from the Marine base in southern Afghanistan, December 2001. REUTERS/Jim Hollander
ATTACK AFGHAN
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December 18, 2001
U.S. Marines, shown through a night vision scope, escort battle field detainees into a detention center...
Kandahar, UK
NIGHT VISION SCOPE IMAGE OF DETAINEES AT KANDAHAR AIRPORT.
U.S. Marines, shown through a night vision scope, escort battle field detainees into a detention center at Kandahar International Airport, December 2001.
REUTERS/POOL/USMC, Sgt. Thomas Michael Corcoran
AFGHANISTAN ATTACKS MARINES
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December 10, 2001
Marine reinforcements fly towards an area somewhere near Kandahar, December 2001.

REUTERS/POOL//Earnie...
Near Kandahar, UK
U.S. MARINE REINFORCEMENTS FLY TO AN AREA NEAR KANDAHAR.
Marine reinforcements fly towards an area somewhere near Kandahar, December 2001.

REUTERS/POOL//Earnie Grafton, The San Diego Union-Tribune
AFGHANISTAN
RTR2E02
March 09, 2002
A U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division soldier from Miami, Florida carves the body count that their mortar...
Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
US SOLDIER MARKS BODY COUNT ON WALL IN AFGHANISTAN.
A U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division soldier from Miami, Florida carves the body count that their mortar team has chalked up on a rock, near the villages of Sherkhankheyl, Marzak and Bobelkiel, March 2002 .


REUTERS/POOL/Joe Raedle
MARINES
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December 01, 2001
Marines from Charlie 1/1 of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit fill sand bags around their light mortar...
Southern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
MARINES FILL SAND BAGS IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN.
Marines from Charlie 1/1 of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit fill sand bags around their light mortar position on the front lines of their base in southern Afghanistan, December 2001.
REUTERS/Jim Hollander
AFGHANISTAN
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November 01, 2001
Two Northern Alliance soldiers watch as dust and smoke rise after explosions hit Taliban positions on...
Ai-Khanum, Afghanistan
TWO NORTHERN ALLIANCE SOLDIERS WATCH EXPLOSIONS IN TALIBAN POSITIONS ON KALAKATA HILL.
Two Northern Alliance soldiers watch as dust and smoke rise after explosions hit Taliban positions on Kalakata hill, near the village of Ai-Khanum in northern Afghanistan, November 2001.


REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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