No, Afghanistan isn’t Iraq. Keep in mind, there are few roads period through Afghanistan, let alone roads where bad guys like to hide…..and they do like to hide. I would still take 12 mules and the lift capability of an US Army CH-47 in place of this shinny new truck….plus it’s a lot easier to refuel a mule than refuel a truck in the 14,000 foot mountains. Plus if you travel with mules, off the norm beat roads, you are a hard target for IEDs because they don’t know where you will walk…..just saying. (Fox News) Ask any soldier who's been to both countries: Afghanistan is not Iraq. It's a different war against a different enemy in a different country with an entirely different terrain and altitude.
One thing is the same, though. The Improvised Explosive Device — the deadly "IED" roadside bombs that blew up Humvees and the soldiers inside them along the dusty roads of Iraq — is an equally effective weapon in the rocky steeps of Afghanistan. When the Humvee proved unable to withstand IED attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military built a new vehicle — the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) — to replace it. And like a neglected sibling, the troops in Afghanistan automatically acquired the MRAP as a hand-me-down. It's the wrong vehicle for the new war. “Best vehicle in Afghanistan? Two legs. And maybe a mule to pack the .50 caliber machine gun,” Arizona National Guardsman Anthony McGee said, only half-jokingly. "Breakdowns were an almost everyday occurrence."