Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, began 12 years ago Monday.
There are still 54,000 American troops in Afghanistan and the number of coalition bases has gone from a high of 800 to about 100, Stars and Stripes reported. The U.S. military is reducing its number of troops to approximately 34,000 by February.
Discussion and media interest about Afghanistan have faded since President Obama ordered a troop surge three years ago, but a White House spokesman declined to discuss whether Obama is avoiding public discussion, Stars and Stripes said.
A. Trevor Thrall, a professor at George Mason University, said this isn't the first time a president has tried to avoid news out of Afghanistan, the report said.
TVNL Comment: Enduring Freedom? How about Enduring Hubris? Why are we there at all? Just asking...