Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Why Hog-Tie Our Soldiers from Afghan Cemeteries

UPDATED: Below from early this a.m. - Our soldiers should have been able to blast the hell out of the Taliban gathered at a funeral in Afghanistan. This is outragous!! The NY Post is reporting this story today.

September 13, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Taliban terror leaders who had gathered for a funeral - and were secretly being watched by an eye-in-the-sky American drone - dodged assassination because U.S. rules of engagement bar attacks in cemeteries, according to a shocking report.

Excerpt: But that excitement quickly turned to gut-wrenching frustration because the rules of engagement on the ground in Afghanistan blocked the U.S. from mounting a missile or bomb strike in a cemetery, according to the report. [read more] Photo: Reuters
Pic Caption-Video from a drone airplane showed Afghan fighters like this one in a tightly packed formation at a funeral. "We were so excited," said one officer - but he was prevented from wiping out the juicy target.
*UPDATE* Reports are that this is not standard ROE, this is an agreement between only Afghanistan government and the U.S. There were 190 Taliban fighters lined up according to the video.

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Right Truth linked with It wasn't the rules of engagement for Taliban
Excerpt: The military had 190 Taliban leaders in it's crosshairs today, but didn't take them out. Why? It was NOT because of their 'rules of engagement' as initially reported. The true reason is because a high-ranking government official in Washington made [read more]

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