On October 7, 2001 President George Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom. On March 8, 2020 President Donald Trump began the final withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, with the intent of having entirely left the country before the November 3, 2020 Presidential elections in the USA. At 19 years plus change, this will have been America's longest running military conflict by far. Which raises the obvious questions:
What was its purpose?
Were our national interests successfully met?
Why did we stay so long?
And what are we leaving behind?
THE PURPOSE OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
The following brief summary is from the Naval History and Heritage Command.