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Today marks 15 years since the Afghan War began still defying US timelines

WASHINGTON: Fifteen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, President Barack Obama and the American military have dug in for a long campaign that defies rigid timelines and easy barometers of victory. On October 7, 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom to dislodge the Taliban and capture or kill Al-Qaeda militants they were harboring. For much of the 15 years since, the US has groped for a strategy -- flitting between trying to chase down militants, take…