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Timeline: The War in Afghanistan

From the first deployment of 1,300 troops in 2001 to today's force of 71,000, trace developments in the war in Afghanistan with The Post's Afghanistan War Timeline.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 2, 2009; 10:24 AM ET
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Posted by: JakeD | December 2, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that I don't get to decide which military orders are legal or illegal. That is up to each individual serviceman and woman. An order which is unlawful not only does not need to be obeyed, but obeying such an order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it. Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders -- if the order was illegal -- luckily, the Roberts Court will be the ultimate legal arbitor in such a case. If you are seriously interested in how to determine whether a military order is "illegal" or not, start here:'l+L.+389

Posted by: JakeD | December 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

For any serviceman or woman (friends and family) who want to prevent their deployment under an illegal order, the time to challenge is NOW. Don't wait until you get the actual deployment order, or it will be argued by Obama's DOJ that you accepted other "illegal" orders and simply don't want to fight.

Posted by: JakeD | December 2, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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