Faced with growing calls from Afghan President Hamid Karzai to scale back the nearly decade long Afghan War and end the practice of launching night raids on individual homes, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the practice.
‘We believe that the use of intelligence driven, precision targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is a key component’ of the strategy,” Clinton insisted. US officials have reacted with anger at President Karzai’s complaint, and Gen. David Petraeus has warned him not to repeat his criticism of the war effort.
But complaints about the night raids are nothing new. The attacks have regularly killed civilians and the previous commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, repeatedly issued new rules designed to curb their use, acknowledging that the attacks were causing major public outrage.
General Petraeus, on the other hand, appears to have little interest in the public relations side of the war, ordering a number of McChrystal’s restrictions loosened as part of an effort to improve troop morale. The result has been a significant increase in civilian casualties, and a significant increase in the number of times US officials have had to defend the war from a growing outcry.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Syrian Kurds Warn Turkey's Threats Are a 'Declaration of War' - December 14th, 2018
- US-Backed Kurdish Forces Seize ISIS Town in Eastern Syria - December 14th, 2018
- Pompeo Downplays White House Differences With Senate on Saudi Arabia - December 14th, 2018
- US, South Korea Fail to Agree on Cost-Sharing for Military Deployment - December 14th, 2018
- Yemen Clashes Threaten Ceasefire in Hodeidah - December 14th, 2018