The Beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom
Reported By SGT D.McKenzie
Operation Enduring Freedom was the official name used synonymously by the U.S. government for both the War in Afghanistan and the larger-scale Global War on Terrorism.
At this time, between the hours of October 6th and 7th 2001. President George W. Bush with the help of over 52 combined nations signed a declaration to mark the Global War on Terror(GWOT) in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From 2001 to 2014, the U.S and its coalition partners established ISAF, otherwise known as the International Security Assistance Force, with an estimated size of over 130,000 by the end of 2012. ISAF's purpose was to provide protection to the Afghan people, while training members of the Afghan National Security Force(ANSP), and the Afghan National Army(ANA).
Other areas of Operation Enduring Freedom included the Philippines(OEF-P), the Horn of Africa(OEF-HOA), Trans Sahara(OEF-TS), and the Caribbean and Central America(OEF-CCA). Since the beginning of Enduring Freedom, a combined 3,584 servicemembers gave the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom, with an additional 45,000+ killed between Afghani Civilians, police, and military alike.