Attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.View Video from the coverage of that Pentagon Attack
"Liberation of Afghanistan" campaign streamer begins, dated Sept. 11 through Nov. 30, 2001.
During a televised address to a joint session of congress, President George W. Bush remarks, "Our 'war on terror' begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated."
Osama bin Laden is identified as being responsible for orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) - Afghanistan (USA) begins.Read More about Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Active Endeavor (NATO) begins.Read More about Operation Active Endeavor
5th Special Forces Group is deployed to Afghanistan in a training and direct action force as part of OEF. The Group helped build a cohesive Northern Alliance of Afghan resistance fighters and then advised them how to fight and defeat the Taliban regime.Read More about the 5th Special Forces Group
USA PATRIOT Act signed.Read More about the PATRIOT Act
Coalition forces enter Kabul, Afghanistan days after seizing the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif.
The Battle of Tora Bora takes place, when the U.S. and its allies pursue Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda into the mountains of Afghanistan. Despite weeks of intense battle, bin Laden was not captured, and is believed to have escaped into Pakistan.
"Consolidation I" campaign streamer begins, from Dec. 1, 2001 through Sept. 30, 2006.
Self-admitted member of al-Qaeda, Richard Reid, tries to detonate a shoe bomb on American Airlines Flight 63.Read More about the attempted bombing of American Airlines Flight 63