New US Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan Escalates Killing of Civilians

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
New US Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan Escalates Killing of Civilians

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The Pentagon is a killing machine, civilian men, women and children indiscriminately targeted in all US war theaters – massacred in cold blood.

Defense Secretary Mattis changed the Pentagon's rules of engagement in Afghanistan, indicating he has a free hand to wage war in the country by whatever rules he orders.

Trump earlier said he'd "lift restrictions and expand authorities" for Pentagon commanders, adding:

"We will also expand authorities for American armed forces to target the terrorists and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan."

Mattis changed rules of engagement to anything goes, reminiscent of earlier ones in Iraq, commanders authorized to kill any military-aged Iraqi in sight, a flagrant international, constitutional and US statute law viola
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