LIers mark 10th anniversary of war in Afghanistan

WOODBURY - Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, making it the longest armed conflict in U.S. history.

On Oct. 7, 2001, about four weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States and allied forces invaded the Middle Eastern country.

Long Islanders have been among the more than 2,700 American and coalition troops who have died throwing the Taliban out of power.

Ten years, thousands of deaths and $460 billion later, many Long Islanders are still conflicted on America's continued involvement in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Christopher Morrissey, of Sayville, served with the U.S. Marine Corps. in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says despite some Americans' misunderstanding of the war, he was there to help people rebuild their country.

However, peace activist Margaret Melkonian says the government should end the war and focus on domestic problems.

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to get all of the troops out of Afghanistan by 2014.

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