Posted by: quiscus | June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010

1.  “Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

Gen. McChrystal had made a number of such changes, including restrictions on air strikes in populated areas and restrictions on raids of civilian homes at night.

The effectiveness of these rules is certainly a matter of no small dispute, as the number of civilians slain has continued to rise at an alarming rate. Yet while the rules were clearly nowhere near enough, they were an effort.

But Gen. Petraeus’ “review” of the policies is nothing resembling an effort to make the restraint more effective. Rather, officials say he is looking to remove some of those restrictions, how many remains to be seen. In effect, he will making policy changes explicitly to put more Afghan civilians’ lives in jeopardy.”

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