Petraeus focused on Afghan civilian protection

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August 5, 2010

By Heidi Vogt and Amir Shah-Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan | The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan issued updated rules of battle Wednesday, repeating his predecessor’s curbs on use of air power and heavy weapons when civilians are at risk but stressing the right of troops to defend themselves.

Also Wednesday, New Zealand announced it suffered its first combat death of the war during an ambush a day earlier in one of Afghanistan‘s most peaceful provinces. The Taliban claimed responsibility, raising concern that the insurgency is spreading beyond its strongholds even as U.S. and NATO forces are ramping up the war against the insurgents in the south.

The new guidance comes after widespread complaints from troops that rules laid down by former commander ArmyGen. Stanley A. McChrystal were putting them in danger and handing the advantage to the Taliban.

There had been speculation that ArmyGen. David H. Petraeus — who took over from Gen. McChrystal a month ago — might ease the rules. But Gen. Petraeus, like Gen. McChrystal, emphasized that protecting the Afghan people was the top priority in the war.

“We must continue — indeed, redouble — our efforts to reduce the loss of innocent civilian life to an absolute minimum,” Gen. Petraeus wrote in the document released by the NATO command Wednesday.

Some sections were not released for security reasons, the command said.

Gen. McChrystal stressed the need to reduce civilian casualties as a tool for winning the war — noting that every civilian killed in the crossfire created a legion of family members with a grudge against NATO forces and motivation to join the Taliban.

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