Folks, Afghanistan is called the “Graveyard of Empires” for a reason… Because of its very strategic location in Central Asia, many of the world’s greatest empires have tried but failed to capture it.
Alexander the Great spent nearly 3 years trying to subdue it only to withdraw. The losses incurred and resistance faced are commonly sited as major contributors to the fall of his empire.
The British had three Anglo-Afghan wars spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries. The end result of these struggles were heavy British losses as well as the end of British military influence in Afghanistan.
The Soviet Union attempted only to have the “Mujahideen” succeeded in drawing them into a protracted struggle that many believe led to the end of the Soviet Union.
And now, the US conflict which began in 2001 has become the classic example of how technology and military power are simply unable to subdue the tribal forces of Afghanistan.
So, it remains the “Graveyard of Empires.” Every world superpower that ever tried has failed in their misguided attempts to conquer or subdue it… Sadly, it doesn’t matter how many more of our troops we commit — who fight and die there — we will be no different.