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.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-01-27 20:09

    The training could not have been too good then! Lets hope the Afghans are better learners and that the others who are training them have learnt from the past.

  • thyspelser - 2011-01-27 20:21


  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-27 22:12

    "when international troops end their combat role"? When they end their illegal occupation of Afghanistan, that's what. I smile every time I see an article about dead American soldiers.

      Edynot - 2011-01-28 10:35

      Yea I hope you have family who dies for his government. I will smile on that day. Remember, war is Young men paying for old men's mistakes ;) Look a little deeper before you celebrate the death of a soldier. Do you do it because you dont have the heart, or the balls to do it?

  • GhengisKhan - 2011-01-27 22:34

    NATO and the USA are not in the same league as Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan - This may well be their graveyard..............As it was the case with the USSR..................

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