When U.S. forces first deployed to Afghanistan in October 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the first Shrek was still dominating box-office returns, Apple had just released the iPod, and Mark Zuckerberg hadn't yet arrived at Harvard -- let alone invented Facebook. It's been a long 12 years since, and the world has pivoted to new international crises like the war in Syria. But the war in Afghanistan continues to rage even as President Barack Obama vows to end it by 2014, with roughly 70,000 U.S. soldiers and 30,000 allied forces currently in the country. More than 50 American troops have been killed so far this year, sending the total number of U.S. military fatalities in the conflict past 2,200. On this Memorial Day, these images remind us of the war the U.S. military and coalition forces are still waging, if often with little fanfare.
Above, U.S. Army soldiers carry a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. David J. Chambers during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Jan. 19, 2013.