Aggressive Tactics Raise Doubts on US Claims to Protect Civilians in Helmand

The aggressive tactics on display in Sangin are exactly the sort that would cause civilian casualties, and this makes the anger amongst locals for their refusal to even investigate such charges all the more understandable. The commander in the district said it was obvious all deaths were the Taliban’s fault and that any tribal elder who claimed the Marines killed a civilian was obviously working for the Taliban.

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Apparently, in this phase of the almost decade long war against Afghanistan, the words "protect" and "slaughter" when it comes to Afghan civilians, are interchangeable these days.

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