I’ve read the reports and have been told by members of the military that the rules of engagement are nuts, which is why this wouldn’t surprise me in the least:

Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.

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.’”

Over 2,000 of our finest have died there and thousands more have made life-altering sacrifices, and some of these can probably be attributed to orders from on high to not interrupt beauty sleep for nearby residents? Maddening.

Flashback to April: New rule of engagement says night raids won’t stop, but will be limited and controlled by the Afghans:

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26 Responses to “Report: US/British Soldiers Asked Not to Fire on Taliban at Night So They Don’t Disturb Sleepy Time for the Locals”

  1. backwoodsconsr on October 8th, 2012 1:03 pm

    By a strange coincidence I just finished reading the chapter of Donald Rumsfeld's memoir titled "Law in a Time of War". In it he described the many legal challenges, both from within and without our country, that have cropped up in recent years and the dangerous restrictions they place on our military. He calls it "lawfare". I think it's an appropriate term.

  2. SignPainterGuy on October 8th, 2012 3:08 pm

    The Israeli`s new-ish missile defense system, "Iron Dome", exemplifies the proper ROE (singular "rule"); it tracks in-coming missiles from their launch point and returns favor without regard for the nature of that starting point, be it open field, school, truck or mosque. It works great.

    WE should have ONE Rule of Engagement; you fire on us, we take your ass out with overwhelming force. Done, YOU suffer the consequences of your actions against us; regardless of where you are at the time; RIGHT THEN – RIGHT THERE !!

    We shouldn`t worry about them hating us, they seem not to need a reason. They will hate us, they will fear us, but they will respect us. We won`t mess with them UNTIL they mess with us. The Marine saying will apply; NO BETTER FRIEND, NO WORSE ENEMY !!

  3. CommonSense on October 9th, 2012 11:15 am

    Snipers with silencers, targeting the IED itself. If it blows up and takes out the Taliban, job done, rules followed.

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    And I was about to post the question: "And the IED's won't wake up the locals when the IED's go boom?"

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