The President has called it the longest-running war in the nation's history. 10 years ago today the United States and allies launched the war in Afghanistan. The US entered with the intent to oust the Taliban and take down al Qaeda. The Taliban has been forced out of power and Osama bin Laden is dead.
But of course, the entire world has suffered many casualties in this war that seems to never end. 2,700 NATO troops have died during the war.
Eyewitness News spoke with some people who had mixed feelings and varying thoughts on what the anniversary of the war means. "I wish they [the soldiers] were all here safely, it's sad that they're still getting injured and killed," says Syracuse resident Trina McNeal, "I wish that that would stop."
Utica resident John Garfield Jr. said, "It's been a long time, but I feel we need to stick with it and get it done. Fighting terrorists is not as easy as fighting a war."
President Obama has outlined a plan to withdraw 33,000 surge troops by the end of 2012, and the remaining 68,000 by the end of 2014.