The wars public aims were to dismantle al qaeda and to deny it a safe base of operations in afghanistan by removing the taliban from power the war in afghanistan is the second longest war in united states history behind the vietnam war. Afghanistan war international conflict in afghanistan beginning in 2001 that was triggered by the september 11 attacks and consisted of three phases the first phase toppling the taliban the ultraconservative political and religious faction that ruled afghanistan and provided sanctuary for al qaeda perpetrators of the september 11 attacks was brief lasting just two months. The price tag which includes the wars in afghanistan and iraq and increased spending on veterans care will reach 59 trillion by the end of fiscal year 2019 according to the costs of war . The us war in afghanistan marks its tenth anniversary with about hundred thousand us troops deployed in a counterinsurgency role primarily in southern and eastern regions. The islamic republic of afghanistan is a landlocked country in south central asia it is bordered by pakistan in the south and east iran in the west turkmenistan uzbekistan and tajikistan in
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