Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:30 PM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Military Times article says children are combatants
Some Afghan kids aren’t bystanders
By Dan Lamothe and Joe Gould - Staff writers
Posted : Monday Dec 3, 2012 7:08:35 EST
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — When Marines in Helmand province sized up shadowy figures that appeared to be emplacing an improvised explosive device, it looked like a straightforward mission. They got clearance for an airstrike, a Marine official said, and took out the targets. It wasn’t that simple, however. Three individuals hit were 12, 10 and 8 years old, leading the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul to say it may have “accidentally killed three innocent Afghan civilians.”
But a Marine official here raised questions about whether the children were “innocent.” Before calling for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System mission in mid-October, Marines observed the children digging a hole in a dirt road in Nawa district, the official said, and the Taliban may have recruited the children to carry out the mission...
“It kind of opens our aperture,” said Army Lt. Col. Marion “Ced” Carrington, whose unit, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was assisting the Afghan police. “In addition to looking for military-age males, it’s looking for children with potential hostile intent.”
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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:55 PM
Vincardog (18,113 posts)
3. If they are not combatants yet, our misguided tactics will make them combatants
I had hoped that with the election of a Democratic President the push for a holy war would stop.
Shame om me for hoping.