Order to U.S. Troops: No Firefights Near Afghan Villagers
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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.”
U.S. Navy / Lt. j.g. James Dietle