New Rules of Engagement issued to NATO Forces by Gen McChrystal
Canadian troops in Afghanistan received new Rules of Engagment on Thursday. The new rules, issued by General McChrystal (ISAF Commander) will prevent troops from shooting at theTaliban, if there is a risk of civilian casualties. The tactical directive highlights that this is the case even if it means to allow the enemy to escape.
General McChrystal, who was recently appointed by President Obama, issued these orders in the form of a tactical directive.
General Stanley McChrystal was appointed to replace General Kearney, amids criticism of too many civilians being killed in Afghanistan.
The directive points out that civilians are the centre of gravity and that everything must be done to gain their support. Colonel Julian a US spokesman for ISAF said that everything must be done to avoid civilian casualties.
It should be noted that Rules of Engagement (ROE) have to be approved by the Canadian Government. These ROE in all likelihood fall within the parameters of those approved in Canada.
Here is a Backgrounder of Canada's Participation in ISAF (Known as Operation Athena). It describes the Mission, the Rules of Engagment and Command Relationship.
As in all foreign led operations, Canada's forces come under operational control, but remains under Command of the Chief of Defence Staff. This system works very well as it permits the Canadian Commander on the ground to refer back to a Canadian commander if he has doubts about orders issued to him by a foreign authority.
KABUL -- Canadian commanders in Afghanistan received new fighting orders on Thursday which will prevent their troops from shooting at the Taliban if there is any risk of civilian casualties, even if it means allowing the enemy to escape.
The stricter rules of engagement were laid down in a "tactical directive" sent to all foreign forces in Afghanistan by U.S. army Gen. Stanley McChrystal who was President Barack Obama's recent choice to take over the NATO-led war here.
"The guidance to the troops clarifies that citizens are the centre of gravity and that we should do everything to gain their support and we must do everything to avoid civilian casualties," Col. Greg Julian, the top U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, said in an interview at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul.
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