2001 – Operation Enduring Freedom began
On October 7th, 2001, U.S. and British forces initiated strikes which would start Operation Enduring Freedom. The objectives were to capture the leaders of Al-Qaeda, and to close terrorist training camps, among other objectives.
For more information, see S. Hrg. 108–654: ‘Lessons Learned’ During Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Ongoing Operations in the United States Central Command Region, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, July 9, 2003.