Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 sparked a response that came to be known as the Global War on Terror. This included military operations in Afghanistan to dismantle terrorist networks, disable enemy forces and help Afghan leaders take control of their country. Led by full-time U.S. Military soldiers, the coalition of international forces assumed primary responsibility for engaging a largely unseen enemy in Afghanistan. The coalition was supported by Army National Guard and reserve units from every state in the Union, including Iowa. In July of 2010, Iowa mobilized nearly 3,000 soldiers. This was the largest, single deployment of Iowa’s troops since World War II.

These segments from Iowa Public Television's documentary Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan feature first-hand accounts from military and civilians who were on the ground in Afghanistan. Participants reflect on their wartime experiences and tally the emotional toll.