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

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: