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Question #47686 posted on 09/30/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Who or what is the US currently at war with? I hear it is currently at war with Iraq....?

- wants to know (correct) history and current events better

A: Dear wants to know,

You heard? ....Really? I'm trying to decide if you're being facetious or if you've really missed the last five years.

We're not so much at war with Iraq as we are at war in Iraq. Congress gave permission for the use of military force in Iraq on October 11, 2002, and we invaded on March 20, 2003. The invasion was over near the end of April and we've been occupying Iraq ever since.

We're also at war in Afghanistan. We invaded on October 7, 2001, but without official permission, in the pursuit of Al-Qaeda. The Taliban are gone, but we're still there.

This is all part of the "War on Terror", which has no clear definition. If you want all the gory details, check out Wikipedia.

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