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United States Army at War: 9/11 Through Iraq

Operation Anaconda, Afghanistan, March 2002. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scan the ridgelines for enemy forces. (U.S. Army.)

From the Foreword by General Tommy R. Franks, USA-Retired.

    "Since 1775, the United States Army has risen to every challenge from Lexington, through regional and world wars, and, more recently to the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Baghdad. The men and women who have served America and the cause of freedom since our homeland was attacked on September 11, 2001, like their forbears have answered their country’s call with honor, professionalism, selflessness, and valor. These men and women have shown courageous initiative and resolve in the ongoing evolution of global affairs. I am honored to serve with them. I echo their thanks for the support of their families and the many other citizens of our great nation who have stood with us."

    General Franks commanded the United States Central Command from July 2000 to July 2003. He was responsible for planning and executing the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.