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Senate Bill 248 Printer's Number 1222

PENNSYLVANIA, November 17 - (3) President George W. Bush ordered United States Armed

Forces to begin "Operation Enduring Freedom" (OEF) to combat

terrorism in Afghanistan and confront Al Qaeda.

(4) United States Armed Forces first entered Afghanistan

and began combat operations on October 7, 2001.

(5) On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed during

the fighting after President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEALs

to raid Osama bin Laden's compound.

(6) On December 31, 2014, the United States and the

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) combat operations

in Afghanistan officially ended.

(7) Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom,

over 830,000 Americans, including 18,000 from this

Commonwealth, have served in Afghanistan.

(8) More than 2,000 members of the United States Armed

Forces, including 98 from this Commonwealth, were killed in

action in Afghanistan since combat began.

(9) More than 19,000 members of the United States Armed

Forces were wounded in service to their country during

Operation Enduring Freedom.

(10) When Operation Enduring Freedom ended, the United

States began a new phase of the campaign, named Operation

Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

(11) United States Armed Forces remain in the country to

participate in a coalition mission to train, advise and

assist Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and to

conduct counterterrorism operations against the remnants of

Al Qaeda.

(12) During Operation Freedom's Sentinel more than 70

Americans have lost their lives and another 453 have been

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