Afghanistan: April 2011

Nearly ten years ago, when Bin Laden and his supporters launched the attacks of September 11th, the U.S. and Britain responded with Operation Enduring Freedom in October, 2001 -- a campaign which continues to this day with nearly 140,000 coalition troops in Afghanistan. It remains to be seen if the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden will have any immediate effect on the situation in Afghanistan, but security has been tightened at coalition bases throughout the region. The Taliban has promised a new Spring offensive soon, as the weather warms and Afghanistan's "fighting season" gets underway. Insurgent attacks across the country, large and small, continue at the rate of about 30 per day, an increase from last year. NATO leaders have endorsed a target withdrawal date of 2014, with a handover to Afghan forces beginning next year. Gathered here are images from the ongoing conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan.

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