Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Obama, New Rules Of Engagemnet In Afghanistan Will Cost Troops Lives
NATO and United States has issued new military rules of engagement in Afghanistan to limit civilian deaths. After, a air strike last year which reportly killed 90 civilians, including 60 children. Gen. McChystal has ordered new rules of engagement for American Troops in Afghanistan will focus on house searches saying that they will be lead by Afghan forces, and permission from homeowners should be sought. a limit on the size and weight of bombs used in air strikes were was imposed last year, but there is continuing anxiety in NATO about the counterproductive on civilian casualties on the majority Pashutun population. The new directives seek to sharpen tactical directives to give more clarity to commanders on the ground, one official said. It is a second attempt to try and re-educate commanders, to re-empathises how careful everyone should be" in carrying out air strikes and air support from ground troops. "Killing civilians is not the "best way to attract hearts and minds". It says since new rules of engagement was first implemented last year by Gen. McKierman the rate of civilian deaths have dropped in Afghanistan. The air strikes had greatly undermined local support for the efforts of international forces in the country. The new rules of engagement in Afghanistan could cost American lives because, soldiers will call for helicopters air cover if they were trapped by insurgent troops. Therefore, there will be scenarios in Afghanistan were U.S. Commanders citing the new rules of engagement will reject the repeated calls from solders trapped because of the possibility of having a large number of civilian deaths. These new rules of engagement are outrageous and it gives the insurgents a opportunity to attack American soldiers in large population centers and knowing that there will be no air support to cover them in battle. There will be hundreds of soldiers cut down in battle if the U.S. military follow these ridiculous rules of engagement.