October 2001 -- The Invasion Begins
Immediately after the attacks, United States intelligence agencies and political leaders begin preparations for a counterattack. Less than a month later, America invades Afghanistan, attacking Taliban and al-Qaida targets throughout the country. The Taliban is driven out of power, and al-Qaida groups are destroyed and scattered. The United States finds another enemy in Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, who supposedly has links to al-Qaida. Although Hussein had limited contact with bin Laden's group and nothing to do with the September 11 attacks, America invades Iraq and removes Hussein from power. The United States Armed Forces continue to occupy both Iraq and Afghanistan.