Afghan war won't end like Vietnam - Nato

2011-01-27 20:03

Brussels - Nato's top officer says the Afghan army will not collapse when international troops end their combat role, in the way that South Vietnam's did in the 1970s.

Giampaolo Di Paola says the international community intends to remain committed to Afghanistan after Nato forces hand over responsibility to the Afghan security forces in 2014.

Di Paola said on Thursday that about 60 countries will remain engaged in the broader effort to stabilise Afghanistan, and that this is not comparable to the "bilateral effort" seen during the Vietnam War.

US and allied troops pulled out of South Vietnam in 1973. Two years later, the South's army - which the Americans and French had trained for 30 years - collapsed within a matter of weeks during a communist offensive.

Read more on:    nato  |  afghanistan

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.