The Danish military took part in the invasion and remained in Afghanistan until 2014, as part of the effort to stabilise the security situation and continue the battle against the Taliban.
In this section you can read about the costs of war since 2001 for Denmark as well as for Afghanistan and the other countries involved – in terms of both money and human lives. You can also read a Danish soldier’s own account of his posting in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009.
For the Afghans themselves, war and conflict have unfortunately been part of their daily lives long before 2001. Before the entry of the international troops there was the Taliban, before the Taliban there was a civil war, and before that the country was occupied by the USSR. Due to its strategic position, Afghanistan has also historically been a battleground, which the British and others have attempted to incorporate into their empires.
This history of conflict seriously affects the lives of the Afghan population to this day. In many places, parents live in fear that their children may step on one of the land mines still left in the ground as a relic of the Soviet era. Moreover, millions of Afghans today live as refugees, being either internally displaced in their own country or new citizens of Denmark or elsewhere. Those you can also meet here.