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pasto76 Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-05-10 01:45 PM
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39. I am bothered by events in thie video
I do not know of any ROE that would allow the pilots to open fire on that van. It may have been an unmarked ambulance. The pilots suggest(and seem to want to believe) that it is trying to steal evidence. I was never briefed that "evidence" was protected property, allowing for use of force. This happened a few years after I was there though, so maybe there was a change or something.

As a soldier over there, when I was over there - even with the greatly elevated sense of aggression that I had - I do not think I would have fired, or ordered any of my troops to fire, on what we see in this video when the first shots are fired. I just dont see anything to justify it. Soldiers follow rules, and the american soldier is behind the 8 ball when it comes to ROE (they allow for little 'preemptive actions'), but they are the rules. I question the training and principles of these pilots. Cavalier comments notwithstanding.

SGT PASTO
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