It was a year ago when the U.S. Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in 2001, which authorized President George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But it’s now been almost a decade since that day, and with the American public still reeling from the devastating consequences of that war, the U,S.
has not seen a presidential use of force since the 2001 AUMF expired in the summer of 2013.
As such, it is the most costly war in US history, costing the country $3.9 trillion and more than 4.2 million American lives.
In 2016, the United States entered a second year of the so-called “war on terrorism” which, for a number of years, has been characterised by a US-led international coalition of countries and organisations which have been engaged in a massive war against terrorist organisations operating in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
It is estimated that, at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the coalition was carrying out a war against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Haqqani Network, the Hapless Five and a host of other groups.
In addition to the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Germany, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, there are a number other nations which have also entered the war, with the US leading the way.
It has now been four years since the Ummah (Muslim community) of Iraq launched a “caliphate” against the US and its allies in that country and in neighbouring Syria.
The US, which led a coalition to overthrow Saddam Hussein in 2003, has since led an offensive to retake Mosul and Ramadi, the two cities that were captured from ISIL in December 2017.
This was the first significant military operation against the militants in Iraq since the United Nations Security Council imposed a no-fly zone in November 2014.
The offensive, however, was halted by ISIL, which has since retreated and is currently under the control of Iraqi government forces.
The U.N. also imposed sanctions on the Iraqi government and the country’s oil sector.
The sanctions were widely condemned by the international community.
The war has been seen as a failure, with millions of civilians killed and millions more displaced.
However, this has not deterred the US from continuing its campaign in Iraq.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the US military budget in 2020 was $553 billion, with another $2.3 billion being spent on the war against ISIL.
The US military has also continued its efforts to expand its presence in Syria, with a total of 5,200 troops currently stationed in the country.
With the war in Iraq winding down, what can we expect to see from the war on terror?
A renewed focus on the Middle East The American government has repeatedly stated that the US is “not going to be drawn into the region-wide conflict in Syria”.
The United States, which is also the main regional military power, has repeatedly argued that its military is not going to play a “leading role” in the Syrian conflict.
This argument is made despite the fact that the U .
S. is already actively involved in the conflict and has been supporting opposition groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The US also has a significant military presence in the region, with troops stationed in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the UAE.
While the US has been conducting airstrikes in support of the Syrian opposition since late October 2017, the situation in Syria has not improved.
Since early January 2018, a number, but not all, of the rebel groups fighting the Assad regime have been captured by the Syrian military, including Jabhat al-Nusra, which was formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda, the Syrian branch of the Taliban.
Jabhat Al-Nusra is an extreme group with a long history of violence against the Syrian people.
As well, it has been responsible for the killing of thousands of civilians and was responsible for numerous attacks on the Turkish consulate in Istanbul in December 2018.
The Syrian military also captured the town of Kobani in northern Syria in April 2018, which it has since been fighting for a period of time.
This town, which fell to the Syrian army in March 2017, is now under the leadership of the YPG militia, which represents the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The United States is also likely to continue supporting and funding the opposition in Syria as the conflict continues.
On April 25, the Pentagon announced that the Department of Defence (DOD) would be sending up to 500 US troops to Iraq to assist the Iraqi army in its campaign against the Islamic States of Iraq (ISI).
This deployment was meant to provide a boost to the US-backed Iraqi security forces and to bolster the Iraqi security services