The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say.
The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire — even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy. In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed.
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American Service members volunteer to put themselves in harms way, sometimes for multiple deployments. When an accidental civilian death occurs as a result of the asymmetric nature of modern warfare, the US Government looks for someone to hold accountable. This is when US Service members are offered as a sacrifice to host nation governments
The USDB, unofficially called "The Castle," is the only maximum-security prison within the Department of Defense. Of 440 male inmates, six are currently on death row and 10 are serving life without parole. Female felons are locked away at the Naval Consolidated Brig in San Diego, Calif.
Since the French and Indian War rules for combat have been consistent. The first and foremost rule is that soldiers have the right to defend themselves. Second, a commander’s actions in battle should be directed toward saving the lives of his troops. He should try to avoid causing civilian casualties, but if saving civilian lives is not possible without endangering American military lives; his first consideration should be directed toward saving the lives of his troops.
By Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Curry, US Army, Ret.