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In a speech from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama outlines his decision to rapidly expand the U.S. role in the war in Afghanistan. The Associated Press reports ahead of the speech that Obama will send an additional 30,000 troops. About 71,000 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan. At least 849 U.S. troops have been killed so far in the war.
October becomes the deadliest month with 58 U.S. troops killed. Officials expect Obama to make a decision soon to deploy 32,000 to 35,000 more U.S. forces.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, says in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents will end in failure.
Obama approves adding some 17,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Shortly after President Barack Obama's inauguration, there are 36,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. NATO forces total 32,000.
Extremist attacks have made this the most violent year since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion began, with at least 120 U.S. troop deaths and 104 from other NATO nations. There are now 31,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Council of elders ratifies a new constitution, making Afghanistan an Islamic state with a strong president.
Hamid Karzai is elected as head of state of a new interim government by the loya jirga, or grand council.
Taliban fighters abandon Kabul after weeks of air assaults. About 1,300 U.S. troops involved in offensive. In the picture from Reuters, Northern Alliance fighters atop a Russian tank roll past a destroyed bread factory.
Source: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
U.S. and British forces begin airstrikes in Afghanistan after the Taliban refuse to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, blamed for the 9/11 attacks.
UN imposes an air embargo and financial sanctions to force Afghanistan to hand over Osama bin Laden for trial.
US and USSR agree to end military aid to both sides. In this photo from the Associated Press, an Afghan police officer checks a gun after weapons are handed over from illegal militants.
Source: Rahmat Gul/AP
Afghanistan, USSR, the US and Pakistan sign peace accords and Soviet Union begins pulling out troops. This picture from BBC News shows veterans of the Soviet Union's War commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Soviet Union's pull-out from the country.
US begins supplying mujahideen with Stinger missiles, enabling them to shoot down Soviet helicopter gunships. Babrak Karmal replaced by Najibullah as head of Soviet-backed regime. (bbc news)