My name is Anderson Triggs and this is my story of what happened during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.4 weeks after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, early combat operations were carried out by the superpower in Afghanistan as a part of War on Terror. This resulted in Operation Enduring Freedom beginning October 7th, 2001. The war started with both US and British ships and submarines launching Tomahawk cruise missiles on the terrorist sites in Afghanistan.
4 weeks after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, early combat operations were carried out by the superpower in Afghanistan as a part of War on Terror. This resulted in Operation Enduring Freedom beginning October 7th, 2001. The war started with both US and British ships and submarines launching Tomahawk cruise missiles on the terrorist sites in Afghanistan.
Special Operation Forces, including Anderson Triggs, were the first US troops to be sent in Afghanistan for engaging in unconventional warfare tactics alongside opposition forces.
Osama bin Laden, the head of terrorist group Al Qaeda, was living in Afghanistan along with other members of his terrorist group during May 1996 i.e. before the operation initiated. He was operating training camps for terrorists in an alliance with Taliban. According to Anderson Triggs of Florida, when the involvement of this terrorist group was found evident in 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa, the US military, including Anderson L. Triggs, carried out well-executed attacks at their camps and affected their overall operations in the area. Cruise missiles were meticulously launched at those camps and they inflicted a heavy loss upon the terrorist group.
UN Security Council issued resolutions directed towards the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden to appropriate authorities for trial and to shut down all the terrorist training camps.
Following these circumstances, severe attacks of September 11, 2001 on America left the entire nation in shock and grief. Investigators quickly collected evidences proving Osama bin Laden’s hand in the attack. In fact, the head of Al Qaeda had also posted an audiotape on a website stating his personal involvement in directing the hijackers.
As a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA, the war in Afghanistan began as Operation Enduring Freedom and marked the beginning of War on Terrorism. Anderson Triggs of Palm City, FL is a former proud member of the United States Army and served proudly during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
On 9 November 2001, the first Afghan city to be released from Taliban’s control was Mazar-e- Sharif. Following the first victory of the US military, other prominent cities of the country like Herat, Taloqan and Shindand were liberated in the succeeding days.
The co-ordination among Northern Alliance commanders and Special Forces liaison teams was the main reason for all the victories. Afghan citizens rejected Taliban control and embraced freedom with joy.
The compounded victories of Northern Alliance in the north encouraged war planners to engage first conventional forces US Marines of Task Force 58 in the war. All the forces working in the country, including the US Army & Anderson Triggs, successfully prevented Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists from moving freely about the country.
International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, conducted a series of military operations during the Helmand Province Campaign. Helmand Province of Afghanistan was known to be a Taliban stronghold and also as a center of the opium production. The limited coalition presence in Helmand was expanded under the stage three expansion of the ISAF mandate. Mostly British forces were deployed in this southern area from among different international forces working in the area.
In January 2006, the main focus of NATO was to form Provincial Reconstruction Teams in southern Afghanistan. The plan was to let British lead in Helmand Province while the Netherlands and Canada were supposed to lead similar deployments in Oruzgan Province and Kandahar Province respectively. Zabul Province stayed in control of 2200 American troops. This somehow was difficult to swallow among local Taliban figures who pledged to resist the incoming forces.
In 2006, Taliban revitalized and conducted large-scale military offensives against coalition troops in Kandahar, Helmand and other provinces situated along the border that the country shares with Pakistan.Afghan government had a weak hold
The Afghan government had a weak hold outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Helmand. Even the presence of NATO in the province was limited and a very insignificant number of 130 American soldiers were undertaking anti-terrorist mission in the area at that time.
At this time, a new Helmand Task Force was then positioned in the month of April to fight with the Taliban forces active in the province. This British unit was part of Operation Enduring Freedom which helped military forces in tracking down Taliban and Al Qaeda extremists.
My name is Anderson Triggs of Florida and I am a very proud member of the United States Army. I served my country with great pride throughout my Army career and continue to serve with that same pride in the workplace. Everything I learned from the Army I have carried with me to the workplace and use it on a daily basis. My name is Anderson Triggs and I am proud today. For more information on Anderson L Triggs, visit http://www.andersontriggs.com or http://www.andersontriggs.org.