U.S. Forces Being Put at Greater Risk because of Restrictive "Rules of Engagement" in Afghanistan - Video
Here is a video report on the "Rules of Engagement" (ROE) U.S. Forces are having to follow that are putting troops in greater danger.
The report shows U.S. Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan taking fire from Taliban fighters, but unable to return fire because the ROE require them to "see weapons" before they can return fire. It then shows the Afghan fighters later coming out with no weapons, where they just "melted away" knowing the U.S. Troops could do nothing about it.
"They know our Rules of Engagement," said one Marine. U.S. Commanders say the ROE "are a necessity" to prevent civilian loss of life.
The second half of the video contains an interview with Retired Major General Robert Scales who said these Rules of Engagement are "overly restrictive." Scales said "it is time" to take another look at the ROE, and find a better balance between trying to prevent civilian casualties and giving our troops the latitude to do what they need to do to win and protect their own lives.