More Helicopters needed, the experts have no real idea! Crazy
The problem with modern warfare is tactics tried in one place, do not always work in some others. At present the media is running stories that the British army is un equipped for the present conflict in Afghanistan. There is of course the constant advice given by so called military experts some are actually that but have no experience in fighting in such arid mountain terrain as found in Afghanistan.
For centuries armies have taken to the mountains that they know are easily defended, the tribesmen have never been fully defeated in Afghanistan as they know their mountain retreats well and use that knowledge to defeat any enemies.
The usefulness of helicopters in mountainous terrain is well known. However in Afghanistan the Taliban tribesmen have a vast history of destroying helicopters with ease, this in fact was a great annoyance to the Russians when they occupied Afghanistan. Ground to air weapons play a great part in the Taliban’s armory. It simply does not make sense to rely on helicopters to move troops and supplies as they are in fact a very soft target to the Taliban tribesmen skilled in destroying helicopters.
The fact that American purchased light armored personnel vehicles are being used by the troops have had no full protection against large roadside bombs and mines to me is not surprising. The enemy have had a lot of practice in making such devices and are experimenting all the time. One can not build a light fast vehicle and infallible armor to give complete protection to the troops it will carry. I bet that even armored vehicle model with the v shape will not be fail safe in Afghanistan and soldiers will still not be protected from the new adaptations of roadside bombs that the Taliban will experiment with in the near future.
However vehicles on the ground make a less easier target than helicopters in the air. That is due to the type of weapons the enemy has within its arsenal a enemy that made mince meat out of Russian helicopters many years before.
To beat the Taliban new tactics have to be tried and employed and troops on the ground are the only answer and to my mind the British troops have got it right and will win this fight with the Taliban. However I have never backed this war as its has links concerning oil and the global chess game.
The excuse in United Kingdom that the troops will stop the terrorism at home is unwarranted its an excuse given by those that sent the troops to Afghanistan to stop oil being piped to China via a Arab transcontinental pipeline from Iraq to the borders of China. China had finished there sector of pipeline to there border in preparation for cheap oil supplies.
But now the British troops are there they have no other option to finish the job so that they can fly home sooner from Afghanistan. The idea now is to box in the Taliban at the Pakistan border the Pakistan Army is obvously tasked to push the Taliban back to the Afghanistan border into a kill zone. However if this plan works I expect the Taliban will surrender and the surrender will be honored.
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