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War in Afghanistan enters tenth year

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thursday marked the beginning of the tenth year of the war in Afghanistan.

The war was launched in response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States., but in the intervening years, support for the war is slipping in the U.S. and Western Europe.

Nearly a decade after the war started in Afghanistan, the United States is still struggling to show signs of victory.

The Taliban currently claims they control 75 percent of Afghanistan, which is why leaders in that country now believe diplomacy, not violence, could be the strategy for peace.

Nine years agowith the tumbled towers still in ashes, the pentagon still missing a side and a fresh scar carved into the Pennsylvania countryside, the war began with former President George W. Bush announcing, "On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

As the Afghan conflict enters its tenth year, it is now President Barack Obama's war.

The children who watched the towers fall in New York are now fighting it. Some soldiers said they were only in sixth grade at the time.

With over $300 billion spent, the White House said they are still adjusting their strategy in Afghanistan. The Pentagon blames violent insurgents stationed near the border of Pakistan as the reason the region is still so dangerous.

Around the world, support for the war is slipping. The Netherlands has pulled out its troops and Canada is next.

But now President Hamid Karzai is attempting a new strategy. On Thursday, he sat down with Taliban leaders to negotiate peace.

At a local job fair for veterans, many soldiers weighed in on talking with the enemy.

"Even the tribes you're supposed to work with, that are supposed to be working with each other, are warring with each other," Eric Juhanke, a veteran.

"We're fighting, whether it be the cities in Iraq or the hills in Afghanistan, you're dealing with people that don't necessarily like us," said veteran James Godsey.

28-year-old Southern California native Brian Prosser was the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001. Nine years and 1,200 American casualties later, many vets don't see an end in sight.

"I think it's nine years too late. I think we need to be out of there and focus on what we need to do here in the United States," said veteran Cliff Scott.

The violence continued in Afghanistan on Thursday.

NATO and Afghan troops said they killed dozens of insurgents, including a senior Taliban leader.

NATO, which consists of American and European troops, said they have lost more than 2,000 soldiers in Afghanistan since the war began.

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