Lack of road, particularly in the mountains. Think (more)
southern Arizona for a local equivalent. Well, not so much "road" as relatively flat places. Lots of terrain, and trails, where tanks and Humvees just can't go, and of course that's where your enemy will go if he figures you're following in a tank or Humvee. Interview with a retired Soviet officer who'd trained their special forces for Afghanistan: said much of the landscape is such that, aside from air support, you're reduced to fighting a 19th-century war.
Posted on Nov 17, 2001, 5:18 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52