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What happened in Operation Enduring Freedom?

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The first Operation Enduring Freedom action occurred on Oct. 7, 2001, when the U.S. military launched a series of airstrikes at Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Officially known as Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan, to distinguish it from six other subordinate operations around the world, the military operation bolstered Afghanistan's Northern Alliance alongside forces from the United Kingdom. U.S. Special Forces troops were used in the country initially, with conventional troops added in January 2002.

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U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom is a series of seven subordinate operations aimed at destroying militant Islamic organizations around the world. The Afghanistan theatre was active from October 2001 to December 2014, succeeded by Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The other six theaters are ongoing as of 2015.

Other OEF operations took place in the Philippines, the Horn of Africa, Pankisi Gorge in Georgia, the Trans-Sahara, the Caribbean and Central America as well as Kyrgyzstan. Although not as widely covered by the media, each operation had the same basic goals of rooting out militant groups. Operation Enduring Freedom - Phillipines, for example, began in January 2002 when approximately 1,200 U.S. troops from the U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines to destroy terrorist forces entrenched on the island of Basilan.

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