I designed an Afghanistan 2001 scenario for “The Operational Art Of War”
It can be downloaded here:
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
Designed by Kid Kool (Brandon Adamson)
Historically accurate scenario based on the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
As opposed to making this scenario balanced, I opted to make it more realistic. That being said, the taliban doesn’t stand much of a chance. They put everything into defending mazar-e-sharif, and when the Northern Alliance captured it, the NA was able to advance uninhibited through the rest of Northern Afghanistan, while U.S. special forces and the E. Alliance of Pashtuns took control of Kandahar. After the fall of Kandahar and finally Tora Bora it was all just a matter of finding specific individuals.
# If the taliban lose mazar-e- sharif they are in trouble due to the loss of morale. Don’t lose mazar-e-sharif! (perhaps another strategy would be to retreat from the area in the beginning in order to keep what you can of your forces) The taliban waited to withdraw “strategically” from mazar until much of their forces had been wiped out or defected.
# If the Taliban lose kandahar there’s a significant chance they will surrender.
# the taliban gains points for inflicting casualties on U.S., British,or Australian special forces and ground troops. This helps to illustrate the frustration U.S. commanders and the Pentagon must face when having to have the Northern Alliance do the fighting on the ground due to the media’s inability to accept even small numbers of U.S. casualties. Think twice before using the Rangers or Royal Marines to launch an all out assault on taliban strongholds like kandahar…
# A draw is the same as a taliban victory, since anything less than a decisive defeat by the U.S would be seen as a loss by the rest of the world, and wouldn’t satisfy people back in the U.S. in terms of justice.
# Coalition Forces
Special Thanks to: Mark Kolenski (author of another Afghanistan scenario) for letting me use his incredibly well designed map of Afghanistan). I also want to thank another Afghanistan scenario designer since I used U.S. special forces and U. S. Air force units from his order of battle.