Afghanistan war continues 16 years after 9/11

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September 11th led the United States to become involved in the longest war in American military history. In the aftermath of 9/11, the anger and hurt gave way to military action by the U.S. in Afghanistan against the Taliban. At memorials around the country, the thousands of lives lost on September 11th were remembered. The 9/11 war memorial in Anthony shows the connection between small town Kansas and New York City. The events of that day led the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in a war against the Taliban. 16 years later the war is still going on. According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that fact should not be forgotten on September 11th

"Each of us will walk away from this simple ceremony reminded that the war is not over and that further sacrifice will be required," said General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

But there is no end in sight to the war. In August President Trump said more troops will be sent to Afghanistan. The day that was announced, veteran Nathan Whorton talked about some of the challenges for U.S. troops. 

"The guys on the ground are doing a phenomenal job. A lot of times politics and the policies that are in place handcuff them," said Whorton. 

Another problem on the ground is that 16 years ago, the enemy was Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Now it is Isis. The enemy has changed, but the war is not over. So more men and women like Whorton will fight in Afghanistan. 

"It's almost surreal sometimes. You look at some of the landscape, you know their farming techniques haven't changed much from biblical times," said Whorton. 

More than 2,300 American service members have died since operation enduring freedom began while more 22,000 have been wounded in action. 

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