For those of you who have never served and think that allied forces are monsters, you must realise that we woork under some of the most restrictive
ROE (rules of engagement) ever. We cannot shoot back if large amounts of civilian casualties result or if the enemy is fighting from a culturally or
historically significant position. The new rules are we cannot shoot terrorists at night, lest the noise disturb someone's sleep.
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U.S. Soldiers Urged Not to Shoot Taliban at Night so Locals Can Sleep
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by AWR Hawkins 5 Oct 2012, 8:23 AM PDT 73 post a comment
Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show "courageous constraint" by not shooting Taliban members spotted
The reason? Shooting them might disturb the locals.
This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban
plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were
not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.
The reason given was that "the sound of shooting 'might wake up and upset the locals.'"
This is not "courageous restraint" –– this is appeasement.
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From another source:
Soldiers ordered not to shoot Taliban as they plant mines... 'because it WAKES UP locals'
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 08:52 EST, 18 July 2011
Soldiers were ordered not to open fire on Taliban fighters planting mines in case they disturb local people, it has been claimed.
U.S. military chiefs ordered troops to exercise 'courageous constraint' and even warned them they could be charged with murder if they shot any
Taliban without permission from above.
The claims were made by a former Royal Marine who spoke out following the inquest into the death of Sergeant Peter Rayner last week.
Don't shoot: A former marine says troops were warned they could be charged with murder if they shot Taliban, pictured, without permission from above
At the hearing in Bradford, his widow Wendy Rayner revealed how her husband was blown up days after senior officers had apparently 'laughed off' his
complaints that insurgents were being allowed to plant explosive devices unchallenged.
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The 34-year-old phoned his wife in a ‘highly stressed’ state four days before his death and was upset that his fears were not taken seriously.
She said he and his men had watched the enemy, using night-vision goggles, plant improvised explosive devices and were not allowed to attack them. He
was allegedly told by one officer: ‘I am an Army Captain and you will do your job.’
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