Afghanistan was invaded first, which was on October 7, 2001. It was just brief and lasted for just two months.
The Afghanistan war consisted of three phases. The second phase, from 2002 until 2008, was marked by a U.S. strategy of defeating the Taliban militarily and rebuilding core institutions of the Afghan state.
The third phase, a turn to classic counterinsurgency doctrine, began in 2008 and accelerated with U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s 2009 decision to temporarily increase the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.
Iraq invasion happened from March 19, 2003 until May 1, 2003.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the Afghan war shared by Chicagotribune.com.