Eight Year Anniversary of the Afghan War

October 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Eight years ago Wednesday, the war in Afghanistan started following the terror attacks on 9-11. President Obama will mark the date by meeting with top military officials to figure out the next course of action in the country. It was October 7, 2001 when the war in Afghanistan began.

"On my orders the U.S. government began strikes against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan," announced President Bush.

But eight years later, the Taliban has regained its strength, and violence against us and N.A.T.O. troops and civilians is at its peak.

It is now President Barack Obama's job to decide the way forward. He will meet with his National Security Council Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, the president conferred with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders.

"It's very clear that the president's headed in the right direction: strategy before resources," said Sen. Harry Reid (D) Majority Leader.

Vice President Joe Biden is said to back a strategy that utilizes more drones and special forces.

Republicans back Generals Petraeus And McChrystal's call for up to 40,000 more U.S. troops

"It's the president's final decision, but I certainly think that their recommendations should be given great weight given the success of their leadership in the past," said Sen. John McCain (R) Arizona.

40-percent of the soldiers in Afghanistan are under N.A.T.O. command.

Wednesday morning, N.A.T.O.'s general secretary said he basically supports General Mcchrystal's analysis. "While we will stay in Afghanistan as long as it takes this cannot and should not mean forever," said Anders Fogh Rasussen.

Both the N.A.T.O. leadership and the White House have said that a reduction of forces in Afghanistan is definitely not on the agenda.

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