Operation Enduring Freedom

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Operation Enduring Freedom
Thesis: Operation Enduring Freedom began on October 7, 2001 and is still in effect today. I. Introduction
A. Tragedy of 9/11
B. Response of the U.S.
II. Factions
A. NATO
B. Northern Alliance
C. Taliban
III. Different Approaches
A. Equipment
B. Tactics
C. Training
IV. The Beginning
A. Afghanistan and Iraq
B. Philippines
V. Conclusion
A. Casualties
B. Progress

Operation Enduring Freedom
On September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked two of the most important structures in America, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Less than a month later on October 7, 2001 Osama Bin Laden made a video claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. On the same day U.S. troops were being deployed to Afghanistan to engage the enemy in what would be the start of the war on terror. Operation Enduring Freedom began on this day and is still in effect today (Langley 70-71).

The United States weren’t the only ones fighting the war against terror, entering the war alongside the U.S.; NATO is “an alliance of twenty-eight countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949. The role of NATO is to safeguard freedom and keep its member countries secure using both military and political means. According to the treaty “NATO safeguards the Allies’ common values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. IT also promotes these values throughout the areas it controls.

The Northern Alliance was an important factor in the war in Afghanistan. The name Northern Alliance was actually a term used by the western media, Taliban and Al-Qaeda to identify the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan or UIF, a military and political coalition of various Afghan groups fighting against the Taliban. Although recognized...
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