WASHINGTON (AP) - A decade of war will pass quietly at the White House Friday.
President Barack Obama plans no public events to mark a moment the nation never really expected: 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
A decade is longer than the time ground troops were in Vietnam and longer than the Revolutionary War, which both lasted eight. The invasion of Afghanistan was launched about four weeks after the 9/11 attacks. It introduced the nation to a new enemy, the Taliban, and a seemingly endless mission, the global war on terror.