UNDATED (AP) —The U.S. and NATO are marking 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
Ever since U.S. troops stepped foot in that country, the mission has faded in and out of the spotlight, eclipsed by the fighting in Iraq. But for thousands of Americans, this war forever changed their lives.
A recent Pew Research opinion poll suggests that one in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing more on its own problems.
Since the war began, the military says more than 2.3 million troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, as of the end of July. Of those, more than 977,000 have served more than one tour and about 300,000 have been deployed more than twice.
As of Oct. 4, the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan had reached 1,682 deaths, according to an Associated Press count.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)