1. Sept. 11, 2001: Terrorists from al-Qaida hijacked four commercial airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. About 3,000 civilians and aid workers died from the attack.
2. Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush addresses the nation on initial operations in Afghanistan stating that on his orders strikes against al Qaida had begun.
3. March 19 2003: President Bush addresses the nation on the invasion of Iraq on the basis that Iraq is holding weapons of mass destruction.
4. March 20, 2003: United States and the United Kingdom declare War on Iraq in â€œOperation Iraqi Freedomâ€
5. May 1, 2003: George W. Bush arrives on the USS Abraham Lincoln to declare â€œMission Accomplished.â€
6. Dec. 14, 2003: Saddam Hussein is captured.
7. April 28, 2004: Scandalous images of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison are revealed, the public finds the images distasteful and call for Donald Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation.
8. July 26 , 2004: The 9/11 Commission Report was released, documenting the events leading
up to the Sept. 11 attacks. It also included testimony from family members of people who died in the attacks.
9. Dec. 9, 2004: Troops entrenched in Iraq complain about lack of tools and weapons
10. Dec. 6, 2006: The Iraq Study Group report is released, saying that the current tactics in Iraq were not working and that new strategies should be pursued.
11. July 25, 2007: The House voted that there would not be a permanent base for American soldiers.
12. Feb. 7, 2009: President Obama promises to take troops out of Iraq by 2010
13. Feb. 17, 2009: President Obama sends forces to Afghanistan. A statement from the President said, â€œThe Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al-Qaida supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe-haven along the Pakistani border.â€
14. June 23, 2010: President Obama names General David Petraeus the Commanding General of International Security Forces in Afghanistan from General Stanley McChrystal after McChrystal made controversial comments in a June 22, 2010 Rolling Stone article titled, â€œThe Runaway General.â€
15. There have been 4,411 casualties in Iraqi Freedom and 1,299 in Afganistanâ€™s Operation Enduring Freedom as of Oct. 3, 2010 according to the Washington Post.
16. Aug. 31, 2010: Obama Declares an End to Combat Mission in Iraq. War in Afghanistan continues.