Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park: War on Terror: Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

© Photographed May 5, 2018
Dedicated October 2017
Sponsored by The Bryant Foundation
Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
42°56'23.4"N 89°14'45.9"W
42.939842, -89.246084
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Operation Enduring
Freedom -- Afghanistan
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., it was determined that the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the assaults were being trained at camps in Afghanistan. 
U.S. and British forces began bombing runs to eliminate terrorist defenses on October 7, 2001. This marked the official start of Operation Enduring Freedom. Twelve days later, after several bombing campaigns, ground forces launched their first missions. Later in 2001, many allies deployed troops to assist the U.S.-led operation. 
Early Allied successes slowed to sluggish advances because much of the conflict was fought in mountainous regions. These areas were difficult to navigate, and terrorist forces were continually able to retreat to shelter in neighboring Pakistan. A U.S. "Troop Surge" of 30,000 soldiers occurred in late 2009 and early 2010. This increased safety and stability within much of Afghanistan.
The U.S. and many other Allied nations formally began troop withdrawals in 2011. Operation Enduring Freedom officially ended on December 28, 2014.
The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park, accessible from westbound County Highway B, at its intersection with Country Club Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589.

 The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park.

The memorial is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

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