The war in Afghanistan reached the 10-year mark on Thursday, but it was no ordinary anniversary.
Currently, NATO and Afghan forces are making preparations for a large-scale offensive targeting key regions in the southern part of the country. However, the overall outcome of the war in Afghanistan remains uncertain.
That's partly because Pakistan, America's ally, says it's fighting insurgents. But Taliban and al Qaeda militants are still able to hide out in Pakistan, just out of reach of coalition forces. Military analysts say the Taliban is still able to recruit thousands of new fighters every year from Pakistan.
"The strongholds of jihad and resistance against the invading Americans and their allies are as strong as ever," the Taliban said in a statement marking the anniversary. "The invading Americans spent hundreds of billions of dollars in order to continue this illegitimate war, lost thousands of soldiers - with tens of thousands of them being injured - and faced heavy losses in terms of military hardware."
Meanwhile, the Afghan government is engaging in peace talks with the Taliban. Yet, officials said the Taliban is unwilling to have formal negotiations until the U.S. sets a time-table for withdrawal.
Patience is running out for the Afghans as well. They are tired of the violence and are resentful of foreign forces.
"NATO is here and they say they are fighting terrorism, and this is the 10th year and there is no result yet," Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an emotional speech last week. "Our sons cannot go to school because of bombs and suicide attacks."