McChrystal Details the Afghan Night Raids Policy

This is the update to the “McChrystal to US Troops: Limit the Night Raids” story. Muslims say jump, and clueless McChrystal asks how high? He has clearly fallen for the Muslims are playing the victim card trap, and is more concerned with them being “offended”, than the lives of our great troops. If he were in charge during WWII, the Nazis would of slaughtered us. Our troops deserve much better.

NATO details its Afghan night raids policy
By TINI TRAN

KABUL – A new directive from NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan orders coalition forces to avoid night raids when possible, but to bring Afghan troops with them if they must enter homes after dark.

The coalition released details of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s new policy Friday — changes that are meant to cut down on the storm of complaints from Afghan people.

Though McChrystal’s order falls short of the complete ban on night raids sought by President Hamid Karzai, it does reflect new sensitivities by NATO at a time when the coalition is pursuing a strategy of gaining Afghan public trust in a bid to rout Taliban extremists.

McChrystal had issued the order in late January — as reported by The Associated Press last week — and portions of the classified directive were made public Friday by his headquarters. It follows the NATO commander’s move to limit the use of airstrikes last year that were responsible for the bulk of civilian deaths.

“Despite their effectiveness and operational value, night raids come at a steep cost in terms of the perceptions of the Afghan people,” according to excerpts of his directive.

“In the Afghan culture, a man’s home is more than just his residence. … Even when there is no damage or injuries, Afghans can feel deeply violated and dishonored, making winning their support that much more difficult,” it said.

The directive tells troops “to explore all other feasible options before effecting a night raid.”

However, if night raids are conducted, Afghan security forces “should be the first force seen and the first voices heard by the occupants of any compound entered.”

The order requires that Afghan troops must be included in the planning and execution of all night raids, and that Afghan government representatives must be notified in advance. When possible, community elders also need to be consulted.

It also said that all searches during the raid must be led and accomplished primarily by Afghan forces, including the search of women by women. Compensation for property seized or damaged must also be made — reiterating a practice already in place.

Tensions have risen over civilian deaths and injuries caused during NATO operations as additional coalition troops have poured into Afghanistan as part of a bid to try and turn the tide against the resurgent Taliban.

But even as NATO mounts a massive ongoing offensive against militants in southern Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents continued to mount their attacks in the rest of the country.

In the capital, Karzai met with India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and expressed his regret and condolences for the Feb. 26 attacks in Kabul, claimed by the Taliban, that killed 16 people, including six Indians, Karzai’s office said Friday. Menon invited the Afghan leader to India and reaffirmed India’s commitment to rebuilding Afghanistan.

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10 comments for “McChrystal Details the Afghan Night Raids Policy

  1. March 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    This is absurd. In wartime there has always been civilian deaths due to collateral damage and unintended consequences. But, that is what war entails. This namby pamby stuff must stop because it is endangering the welfare of our soldiers.

  2. Bob
    March 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Our wartime commander has fallen for the biggest LIE the muslims have; that they are the victims too!
    Who is hiding the taliban during daylight hours?
    Who chooses not to inform our intelligence about IED placement sorties?
    Who consorts with the enemy against us?… THE AFGHANI CIVILIANS!
    One American life is worth hundreds of afghani lives… get the message damn it!
    What happened to "Shock and Awe?" We've denigrated our warfare tactics to "step and fetch" so as not to offend our enemies…

  3. Rose
    March 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Step and fetch! Good call, Bob!

  4. FeeVert
    March 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Very Orwellian of the General to try to reconcile two opposing concepts in his psyche simultaneously. I predict he'll be having a total meltdown before the year's out. It's a shame the troops under his command (who are very clear on the evil they're fighting) have to pay the price of his dhimmitude.

  5. Robin Shadowes
    March 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Nutjob convert Adam Gadahn praises Major Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre.

    http://imittsverige.blogspot.com/2010/03/adam-gad

    • March 8, 2010 at 1:25 am

      Just saw something on the news about him. Seems he may have been caught in Pakistan.

      • Robin Shadowes
        March 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

        You can always hope the paki's take care of him for you. But don't hope too much. If BHO growels enough for them they probably return the trash back to US. Like when our government groveled for them last fall when our homegrown three terrorist stooges got caught in Pakistan. First it looked all great, like they where gonna stay a looong time in Pakistan but unfortunately our traitorous politicians intervened and just a few weeks later we got them back again. The year before that they had been on "vacation" in Somalia. So undoubtedly they will go on "vacation" to a new mz hell-hole eventually. We are many in Sweden who hopes something fatal happens to them next time. They won't be missed. The local muz and the PC's are gonna whine in media but I can live with that.

  6. greg_o
    March 8, 2010 at 3:35 am

    ` Can that kok-su***r. He looks like a pre-pubescent boy-scout homo-leader. How the hell are these retards making it to general? Phuk!!He isn't even a girl!! What is he? A closet homo-bisexual airman first-class MACK-daddy? WTF is a mack-daddy? hell, I don't know. Seems to be some preacher out there that loves the term tho.!!
    MACK-CRYSTAL IS A MACK-DADDY.!!!!
    ''Retire you phony fool.
    When is someone going to roll a han gernade under his flap?
    IRS, why don't you revue him??
    Boy Scouts! Denounce him as a leader.
    Go, Team, Go!

  7. March 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Complains from Afghan people?
    Funny, but in 2001 if they complained they were killed by the Taliban weren't they?

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