February 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Forces in Afghanistan told to limit nighttime raids

A new classified directive to coalition forces in Afghanistan puts restrictions on nighttime raids of Afghan homes and compounds, according to a senior U.S. official who has seen the document. The official declined to be identified because a declassified version of the document has not been made public. The directive is signed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, the official said. Full story

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  1. Miss Teen Wanganui

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    August 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Hey John, the clue is that we are turning around in this war and I doubt if 20 million or so are going to strap a suicide vest on themselves. I'd say there are about 100 or so that would do such a thing and as we are beginning to gain the momentum in Afghanistan there will more Afghans working to stabilize the country. Also Marjah is a major source of the Taliban's money to support their cause of regaining control of the country. And the Taliban are a terrorist network! They terrorized their own people to keep control over them forcing them to abide by the anti-Christ laws of sharia, there strict Islamic laws that is against the way of Jesus!

    February 26, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. aaron

    Kickin in some elderly old farmers or goat herders door with a 100 or more heavily armed well fit soldiers in full protective body armor while the man is sleepin and then draggin him out makein him kneel or lie prostrate in front of his family members and embarassing and disrespecting him in front of his family is cowardly.So before you go mouthin off you better get prepared to meet your local sherriff cause most of these soldiers are over there training for a future job at your local sherriffs department,you better hope they dont make any mistakes and accidently kick in your door at night while your asleep.Maybe you can do like that other guy said and put a flashlight on your roof signalin your a friendly force,but i can tell you from personal experience when these guys do make mistakes and they often do they dont care and you will get this treatment and it might change your opinion,its all about respect.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. septimus severius

    each civilian dead have a famly and a tribe behind him,,,,,,,

    February 26, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    Mission Accomplished, time for the American troops to leave Afghanistan.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    The ignorance level in most of these comments is astonishingly high.

    Cowardly tactics? Sure, the Taliban should have fixed bases and engage in full on confrontation with the US – NATO occupying forces resulting in their annihilation. Smart.

    Terrorists? The Taliban is nothing more than armed Pashtuns, who just happen to be the largest single ethnic group in Afghanistan. Let's go after these "terrorists" wherever they are and kill them all. Hey Dan, great thinking! Are you ready to kill 20 million, plus or minus a few? Get a clue.

    Stop night time raids on homes? How dare they! God forbid anything prohibit the US Marines from victory, except nighttime raids won't produce victory.

    Hey people, hear this: yesterday's Washington Post reports (page A-9) that Marjah is nothing more than a PR campaign aimed at an unimportant town in an unimportant place. The goal is to produce a "victory" to increase public support for this pointless war.

    How do you war enthusiasts react to that news?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. RICK MILLER

    Do these people want our help, or don't they. Their own people, some of which have ties to the Taliban, are being killed by the people that they are trying to protect "The Taliban" My son is a U.S. Marine. He just got back from Afghanistan. He was wounded in a suicide bombing in Helmand Province. His unit lost 2 Marines and a Navy Corpsman. This is unacceptable. He could'nt use the Light Armoured Vehicles that they were trained in for 7 months, because the Goverment decided it might disrupt the way of life of the Afghan people. Now, we have a 96 hour policy about detaining suspected Taliban operatives. That's not working. The only way we can hold them is to turn over classified documents to the Afghan officials. And now, I hear that McCrystal wants to put restrictions on night raids. Why don't we just send our brave men and women over there, blind fold them, tie their hands behind their back, take away their weapons, and ask them to walk through a mine field, That's precisely what is happening, and it makes me sick. I have been to the funerals of Lcpl Jeremy Kane, & Sgt. David Smith, and wish I could have attended the funeral of Petty Officer 2nd Class Xin Qi. My son's friends. Get er done. Or get the hell out!

    February 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. william osborne

    Tie the hands of the fighting forces and we will most likely die just as in Nam. Why develop technology and then not use the advantages we are afforded. It is just like our government to do the wrong thing again. Just like sending the M-16s to Nam without firing pens. I think it is time for the US Soldier to be utilized properly and fully equipped and get the (stupid) and I mean (stupid) war over

    February 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A. Smith, Oregon

    The US Army owns the night with its very extensive use of Night Vision and Infra-Red equipment. Unfortunately some of the greatest loss of civilians in foobar raids and outright mistakes have taken place 'at night'.

    On one hand, an Army that is fully equipped to fight at Night has a distinct tactical advantage. On the other hand, commanders are not intelligent enough to insure that major mistakes do not occur. Simple mistakes like forgetting to place a IR beacon on your rigs roof to signal that you are a 'friendly' can easily result in your vehicle and all within your vehicle get's bombed or hit by a air-strike.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Turbin Hebo

    Another example of the Vietnamization of the Afghanistan war.. Politicising the wart will result in the same BS problems and end result. Why doesn't the media look into the death of the "civilians", who by all accounts, were armed with RPG's AK47s, etc. Don't all "civilians" carry those?! McCrystal needs to get his head out and work to win this war. His BS orders will wind up costing us more of our heroe's, one of which is my son. Damn the generals.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Maritta

    We are sending our sons and daughters to fight a war that is being conducted the way the politicians and news media think it should be fought. Why don't send the politicians, news media, and their families over there to fight, so they might "wake up and smell the roses". These are our young people and the animals we are fighting are not fighting by our rules. Wake up America and get rid of the politicians that are jeopardizing the live of our children by not giving them a fair chance in war. Each day we read more obituaries for our children, and have nothing to show for it. We need to make sure our politicians understand that war is a dirty business and handcuffing our troops only ensures we have excessive losses with virtually nothing to gain. November is coming... Let's vote the politically correct apologetic weasels out of office and get some pragmatic leadership that will get the job done and get out!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I do not think that curtailing night time fighting is a good thing to do. Is it not at night when the Taliban come out to fight. I also think that we should go full force in operation Mashtarak and let the towns people know that we will go after these terrorists where ever they are. They would have enough time to get away from the Taliban and if they stay without being forced by the Taliban you would think that they are sympathizers of these radical religious fanatics.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. aaron

    If only we could get the local sherrifs in our country to abide like this we could all rest at night.I think its all b,s, though the military and law enforcement will never give up their cowardly tactics i wouldnt ever believe it.Militants will never fight on a level playin field thats why they are in the military,they cant fight their own fight they are too afraid of losing,they must fight coollectively and cheat any way to achhieve victory and they really dont care if they are morally right or wrong,they just want to be a hero and heroes dont lose they often cheat.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dr. Virginia Lubell

    The last thing you want to do is to terrify people.

    Perhaps the US should not call what they are doing in Afganistan a WAR. Perhaps they should re-think their role into a Development or Reconstruction campaign ... with targeted military confrontation with Al-qaeda.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. tony johnson

    I think we are losing our sanity. Imagine if we told the Nazi regime that we were attacking the beaches of normandy.So how is it ok to warn the taliban that we are coming? We are trading american lives for the impression that we are humane. I say let's go home if this is how we do it. either we go in and destroy the enemy or we let them have the cesspool that is Afghanistan. History will be written as it has been in every war since WWII, because the politicians have been wasting lives to look good. War is War and BS is BS. let's decide and move on.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. A. Smith, Oregon

    This latest move is likely a slow response to the CIA midnight raid that resulted in a very large number of civilian women, children and young Afghan men being slaughtered. This slaughter was later stated by President Karzi to have been caused by CIA forces in a botched midnight raid. Soon afterwords a suicide bomber entered into the CIA base and killed the CIA Commander and many other CIA agents along with a sizable number of their Xe Laural and Hardy contract employees.

    February 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Daniel Donnelly

    McChrystal again more concerned about Afghan civilians than he is about American Marines. If he wants to win hearts and minds then send the media, advertising companies, and case workers. Marines are for trying to win wars first. And I'm so glad the Taliban are too honorable to take advantage of our humanitarian restraint.

    February 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ali Baba

    You've got to be kidding. First we put our AMERICAN troops in harm's way for a bunch of 10th century backward morons, then we handcuff them by not being able to return fire until the target is "verified" when the target is shooting from behind a 10 year old boy or an 80 year old human shield ... and if our soldiers return fire and kill a "wartime combatant" (who was called the ENEMY before), we bring them up on murder charges???????? Come on, political correctness. Pretty soon there will ne NOTHING left of what this great country stood for. We will be occupied by the Muslim fundamentalists, then everyone of the PC crowd will be happy.

    February 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |