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Harford surgeon and Army reservist deployed to Afghanistan in United States' longest war

Harford surgeon and Army reservist deployed to Afghanistan in United States' longest war

On Friday, Bel Air-based surgeon Dr. Geoff Bloomfield will start his deployment to Afghanistan, the theater where the U.S. military has prosecuted a nearly 15-year war – the longest war in the nation's history – against the Taliban.

"Afghanistan and Pakistan is really where all of this originate, and if we leave now I think that Afghanistan will revert back to a completely failed state," Bloomfied, who is a colonel in the Army Reserve, said.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October of 2001 to strike the al-Qaida terrorist network responsible for the 9/11 attacks, plus the hard-line Islamic Taliban government that ruled the country and sheltered al-Qaida...

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