Sometime during 1991, Mullah Omar forms a new fundamentalist Islamic political and military movement by recruiting religious school students known as Taliban. In 1994, the group occupies Kandahar, southern Afghanistan’s largest city.
By the time the United States withdrew from what was then the lengthiest war in its history, the two men — Special Forces Capt. Floyd James Thompson and Alvarez — had become the longest-held American POWs.
On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops, supported by 700 warships and carried by 2,500 landing craft, assaulted a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast in an effort to push the Nazis out from occupied France and drive into Germany. Now, seven decades later, feted by still-thankful French residents, D-Day veterans, their families and friends, along with tourists and history buffs, will return to the invasion beaches to commemorate the Allies’ efforts and sacrifices.