Monday, November 16, 2009

From what I've been reading, Gen. McChrystal may be

a fine guy, but his ROE in Afghanistan suck. Bigtime.
The Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them:

• No night or surprise searches.

• Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.

• ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.

• U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.

• U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.

• Only women can search women.

• Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid

'Only women can search women' in ALL circumstances? Warning prior to searches? NO night searches? Sounds like bullshit to me.

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