I have had a slow weekend, so have spent most of it reading up on and watching videos of the conflict in Afganistan. I have always found the Talibans tatics to be very interesting. I watched a video about a foreign reporter who spent a few days with the Taliban themselves, in the video you see the commander co-ordinating the attacks and controling his men. It says that he is ex mujahideen and fought in the soviet war. This then drew my attention to the soviet war in Afghanistan which I think is a subject that very little is said about. There is a few different reasons all are questionable for why the Soviets invaded Afganistan, maybe to provide a cushion between Iran and Pakistan which at the time were both US allies and to stop the western influence spread across Asia. Which is sort of a mirrored affect to why we are there at the moment (I expect to take incoming for saying that) People are questioning why we are there at the moment which I think is a very reasonable question. If the Soviets spent ten years in the country why are we bothering now? The Soviets achieved very little, apart from vast casualties and loosing alot of assests. The mujahideen were recieving help from the western superpowers which in turn was helping to defeat the soviets. The stinger missile probaly had the greatest affect. The mujahideen's tatics then are very similar to those of the taliban used now, engaging troops from great distances, ambush's and off course the use of mines. The children who grew up in Afganistan during the soviet war are most probaly the ones fighting us now. They grew up in war, it is their way off life. The vivid reminders that litter Afghanistan today remind us that this is a country that has been at war for a very long time and is "experienced" So what is the point I am making? I think we have alot to learn. If the soviets spent 10 years in Afghanistan with no ROE as such then are we wasting our time? No I don't think we are wasting it, but I think that a rethink in tatics would be something to think about. The ROE out there at the moment is what I would say very strict and maybe needs to be lowered in at least some areas anyway. The insurgents are alot cleverer than we first think and this is something that I think alot of people overlook. They know our tatics and even imploy some of our own tatics on ourselves, for example probing likly enemy positions. I think if maybe the ROE are relaxed a little alot more can be achieved and the war itself won't be as one sided as it is at the moment. I expect to take alot of s*** for this, however its my opinion, I am not trying to put down the achievements of what has happened so far.