Why was the Afghan War so similar to the Vietnam War?
20 years of counterinsurgency then a last minute evacuation by aircraft from the capital. Guerrilla warfare, plainclothes disguises, ambushes and improvised traps and munitions.
Saw these diagrams of the Afghan mountain fortress in Tora Bora, just South of Jalalabad above the Pakistan border. Made me think of the extensive natural and artificial underground fortifications of Vietnam. The mountains and forests and caves, the artificial tunnels and ambushes.
Was the war in Afghanistan the Vietnam War of our time?