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Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
My question is this, since it is believed that these are the people holding hostages, is droppping a bomb on these safe houses a good idea? Or are they likely to kill the hostages?
Originally posted by Djarums
sniper, any time anything happens in Iraq the response is exactly the same.
if the US bombs a house containing 10 known terrorists the media will report that the only casualties were 5 little girls with picnic baskets, a crippled grandmother, and 2 poodles.
it's gotten quite predictable and boring already.
An explicit account of the 0-for-50 record in strikes on high-value targets was provided by Marc Garlasco, a former DIA official who headed the joint staff's high-value targeting cell during the war. Garlasco is now a senior military analyst for Human Rights Watch, and he was a primary author of the December report, "Off Target: The Conduct of the War and Civilian Casualties in Iraq."...
...In an e-mail message, Garlasco described the campaign to attack high- value targets as "abject failure." He wrote, "We failed to kill the HVTs and instead killed civilians and engendered hatred and discontent in some of the population."