• Freedom Fighters

    Freedom Fighters
    The mujahedeen, known by supporters as "freedom fighters," begin receiving military and logistical assistance from the United States and other countries.
  • Missiles

    The U.S. launches missiles at suspected bases of Osama bin Laden, whom the United States accuses of bombing two of its embassies in Africa.
  • 9/11

    Hijackers seize four commercial airliners in the United States and crash them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania, killing thousands. The United States links Osama bin Laden to the attacks.
  • Troops

    US President Barack Obama decides to boost US troop numbers in Afghanistan by 30,000, bringing total to 100,000. He says US will begin withdrawing its forces by 2011.
  • Protests

    Burning of Koran by a US pastor prompts country-wide protests in which foreign UN workers and several Afghans are killed
  • Osama bin Laden

    Osama bin Laden
    Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed,Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a "targeted operation."
  • President Karzai

    President Karzai
    President Karzai wins the endorsement of tribal elders to negotiate a 10-year military partnership with the US at a loya jirga traditional assembly. The proposed pact will see US troops remain after 2014, when foreign troops are due to leave the country.
  • Bagram Airbase

    At least 24 people are killed in protests about the burning of copies of the Koran at the US Bagram airbase. US officials reportedly believed Taliban prisoners were using the books to pass messages.
  • Robert Bales

    Robert Bales
    US Army Sgt Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 civilians in an armed rampage in the Panjwai district of Kandahar.
  • Targets

    After the Taliban refuse repeated demands by the United States to turn over Osama bin Laden, the United States and Britain begin retaliatory bombing of targets in Afghanistan.