THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM



 

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Timeline to Operation Enduring Freedom

September 11, 2001 - April 13, 2003

 



Timeline to War

"I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people."
President George W. Bush, September 20, 2001


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"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a difficult moment for America".... "Today we've had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country".... "Freedom was attacked by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.".... "The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts."... "None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.".... "I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people."

excerpts from GlobalSecurity.org
On 11 September 2001, General Tommy Franks was enroute to Pakistan to meet with President Musharraf....

On 12 September the Secretary of Defense (Donald H. Rumsfeld) directed the preparation of "credible military options" to respond to international terrorism....

This "mission analysis" resulted in General Franks' recommendation of a military course of action which was approved by Secretary Rumsfeld on 1 October. General Franks briefed the concept to President Bush on 2 October, and Bush directed that combat operations should begin on 7 October -- 26 days after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

By October 20, 2001 US and Coalition forces had destroyed virtually all Taliban air defenses and had conducted a highly successful direct action mission on the residence of Mullah Omar in the middle of the Taliban capital, Qandahar. During this time frame Special Forces detachments linked up with Anti-Taliban leaders and coordinated operational fires and logistics support on multiple fronts. Twenty days later, the provincial capital of Mazar-e Sharif fell. In rapid succession, Herat, Kabul, and Jalalabad followed. By mid- December, US Marines had secured Qandahar Airport and the Taliban capital was in the hands of Anti-Taliban forces. Within weeks the Taliban and Al Qaida were reduced to isolated pockets of fighters. On 22 December Franks traveled to Kabul to attend a ceremony marking the inauguration of the Afghan interim government -- 78 days after the beginning of combat operations.

By mid-March 2002, the Taliban had been removed from power and the Al Qaida network in Afghanistan had been destroyed.

Remembering Sept. 11 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Master Sgt. Christina Hamel receives the American flag during a Sept.11 retreat ceremony for members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward-deployed location. The base honor guard completed the ceremony, which preceded a Sept. 11 memorial service at the base theater. Sergeant Hamel is deployed from the Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Natalia DaSilva)
Remembering Sept. 11 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Master Sgt. Christina Hamel receives the American flag during a Sept.11 retreat ceremony for members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward-deployed location. The base honor guard completed the ceremony, which preceded a Sept. 11 memorial service at the base theater. Sergeant Hamel is deployed from the Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Natalia DaSilva)

December 18, 2001: USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors spell out the word FREEDOM on the ship's flight deck during their return transit to Yokosuka, Japan. Kitty Hawk departed Yokosuka Oct. 1 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Lee McCaskill.

April 1, 2002: USS Abraham Lincoln prepares for flight operations in the Gulf of Alaska as part of the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2002.

June 27, 2002: The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits the Atlantic Ocean as she begins a regularly scheduled six month deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, and Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Summer M. Anderson.

August 25, 2002: Operation Enduring Freedom -- USS George Washington transits the Arabian Sea during a break in flight operations. The ship and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) were on a six-month deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Septemper 11, 2002: Responding to President Bush's admonition to "Be Ready," Sailors on the 4-acre flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) spell out their response as the carrier, her embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) and her Battle Group report on station to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The Abraham Lincoln Battle Group would relieve the USS George Washington Battle Group, which was scheduled to return to Norfolk, Va., shortly afterwards. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Gabriel Piper.

Sept. 30, 2002: San Diego, Calif. -- An aerial view of San Diego Harbor with four of the Navy's aircraft carriers moored at the Naval Air Station, North Island. The carriers are (from left) USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). It is rare to have this many carriers in port at any one time. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Inez Lawson.

Nov. 2, 2002: San Diego, Calif. -- USS Constellation (CV-64) departs Naval Air Station North Island at the start of a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She carried aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Tim Smith.

March 22, 2003: The Arabian Gulf -- Various weapons line the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) ready for use by Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aircraft conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Dwayne S. Smith.

April 13, 2003: The Arabian Gulf -- Together for a last time, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (top) and USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Arabian Gulf. The Navy's oldest active warship, Kitty Hawk with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), and Constellation with Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), conducted combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Adam Gomez.

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Waiting (above) - OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM -- An Afghan boy from the Aroki Province of Kapisa in Afghanistan waits to be seen by U.S. military medics Jan. 21, 2003. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, along with soldiers from the 48th Combat Support Hospital and the 924th Korean Medical hospital, visited the province to offer health care to local residents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Keener (left) prepares a 105mm rocket to be fired at a weapons cache at the East River Range near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Dec. 2, 2004. Members of the Air Force's 455th Explosive ordnance Group set C-4 charges on the cache in order to destroy it. DoD photo by Sgt. J. Antonio Francis, U.S. Army. (Released) 041202-A-1958F-058



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