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The war in Afghanistan | A decade of conflict

On Oct. 7, 2001, the armed forces of the United States, Britain and the Northern Alliance launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

The goal, as stated by the George W. Bush administration, was to target the Al Qaeda terrorist network, which had found sanctuary in Afghanistan; a secondary goal was to force the Taliban government from power and bring democracy to the country.

On this inauspicious yet significant anniversary, Framework presents a selection of the work of Los Angeles Times photographers Carolyn Cole and Rick Loomis, who documented a decade of conflict and loss of life, still in progress.