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Order to U.S. Troops: No Firefights Near Afghan Villagers

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Posted on Jun 22, 2009
U.S. Navy / Lt. j.g. James Dietle

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is rolling out a new order to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan with the hope of reducing rampant civilian casualties. If soldiers find themselves in a fight near Afghan homes, they are to “remove themselves from the area” as long as they can do so “safely, without any undue danger to the forces,” a military spokesman explained.

Soldiers will still be able to order the deadly airstrikes that have killed countless civilians and stirred hatred of the U.S. among Afghans, but the military hopes the new rule will “minimize the need to resort to deadly force.”

AP via Yahoo:

McChrystal will issue orders within days saying troops may attack insurgents hiding in Afghan houses if U.S. or NATO forces are in imminent danger, said U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Greg Smith.

“But if there is a compound they’re taking fire from and they can remove themselves from the area safely, without any undue danger to the forces, then that’s the option they should take,” Smith said. “Because in these compounds we know there are often civilians kept captive by the Taliban.”

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By Folktruther, June 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

What a bunch of crap.  McCrystal is Cheney’s and Rumsfield head of their murder,  torture and terror squads, promoted by Obama to bring his expertise to Agghanistan-Pakistan.  the carnage will probably increase.  In addition to bomb homes, weddings, funerals etc, he will add his own special expertise.

The US HAS to if it is going to continue fighting the Afpak war.  they are fighting the Pustan population, nearly 50 million people, who they call the Taliban.  the only way you can fight a war against a population is by terror.  which is why Obama chose McCrystal to head it.

but pseudo-progressive media like truthdig run interference for this terror and sanitize it for the population.  that is its historical function, and what it did in Vietnam. 

The population need their own media.

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