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4 weeks after the 11th September-2001 terrorist attacks on-America, early combat operations were carried out by the superpower in Afghanistan as a part of War on Terror. This resulted in Operation Enduring Freedom beginning 7 October 2001. The war started with both US and British-ships and submarines launching Tomahawk cruise missiles on the terrorist sites in Afghanistan.
Special Operation Forces were the first US-troops to be sent in Afghanistan for engaging in unconventional warfare tactics alongside opposition forces. Reason behind the War:
Reason Behind The War: Anderson Triggs Explains
Osama bin Laden, the head of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, was living in Afghanistan along with other members of his terrorist group during May 1996 i.e. before the operation initiated. He was operating training camps for terrorists in an alliance with Taliban. When the involvement of this terrorist group was found evident in 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa, the US military carried out well-executed attacks at their camps and effected their overall operations in-the area. Cruise missiles were meticulously launched at those camps and they inflicted a heavy loss upon the terrorist group.
UN Security Council issued resolutions directed towards the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden to appropriate authorities for trial and to shut down all the terrorist training camps.
Following these circumstances, severe attacks of September 11, 2001 on America left the entire nation in shock and grief. Investigators quickly collected evidence proving Osama bin Laden’s hand in the attack. In fact, the head of Al-Qaeda had also posted an audiotape on a website stating his personal involvement in directing the hijackers.
As a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA, the war in-Afghanistan began as Operation Enduring-Freedom and marked the beginning of War on Terrorism. Anderson Triggs is very passionate about the time of this operation being written about.
Anderson Triggs: Cities Released From Taliban’s Grip
On 9 November 2001, the first Afghan city to-be-released from Taliban’s control was Mazar-e- Sharif. Following the first victory of the US military, other prominent cities of the country like Herat, Taloqan and Shindand were liberated in the succeeding days.
The co-ordination among Northern-Alliance commanders and Special-Forces liaison teams was the main reason for all the victories. Afghan citizens rejected Taliban control and embraced freedom with joy.
The compounded victories of Northern Alliance in the north encouraged war planners to engage first conventional forces US-Marines of Task Force 58 in the war. All the forces working in the country successfully prevented Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists from moving freely about the country.
The 2006 Operations: Anderson L. Triggs
Hundreds of operations were carried out by the military forces from 2001 to 2014. But operations and campaigns carried out in Helmand and Zabul provinces were some of the major among them.
International-Security- Assistance Force, ISAF conducted a series of military operations during the Helmand-Province Campaign. Helmand-Province of Afghanistan was known to be a Taliban-stronghold and also as a center of the opium production. The limited coalition presence in Helmand was expanded under the stage three expansion of the ISAF mandate. Mostly British forces were deployed in this southern area from among different international forces working in the area.
In January 2006, the main focus of NATO was to form Provincial Reconstruction Teams in southern Afghanistan. The plan was to let British lead in Helmand Province while the Netherlands and Canada were supposed to lead similar deployments in Oruzgan Province and Kandahar Province respectively. Zabul Province stayed in control of 2200 American troops. This somehow was difficult to swallow among local Taliban figures who pledged to resist the incoming forces.
In 2006, Taliban revitalized and conducted large-scale- military offensives against coalition troops in Kandahar, Helmand and other provinces situated along the border that the country shares with Pakistan.
The Afghan government had a weak hold outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Helmand. Even the presence of NATO in the province was limited and a very insignificant number of 130 American soldiers were undertaking anti-terrorist missions in the area at that time. If you care for the writings of Anderson Triggs, please visit my other blogs as well.
But a new Helmand-Task Force was then positioned in the month of April to fight with the Taliban forces active in the province. This British unit was part of Operation-Enduring Freedom which helped military forces in tracking down-Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists.
Anderson Triggs is a former US Army active duty member who served during this time. Anderson L. Triggs has received numerous awards and medals while active in the United States Army. For more of his awards and accolades, please visit http://www.andersontriggs.com or http://www.andersontriggs.net.