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While browsing Wikipedia I found a wiki dedicated to tracking civilian deaths in the war in Afghanistan.
As well, I thought a little history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979 - 1989) might be an interesting read, it sums up with a familiar polemic...
“..the Soviet war in Afghanistan has often been referred to as the equivalent of the United States' Vietnam War.”
So now, the cold war is over, and Afghanistan is the United States' Vietnam again... (with Iraq, the evil twin).
However much things change, sometimes they seem to stay just the same.