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Rules of engagement pose no risk to troops: Gen. Dunford

Rules of engagement pose no risk to troops: Gen. Dunford

Feb 26, 2016 - 11:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff denied to the House on Thursday that President Barak Obama's rules on the use of force in Afghanistaninfo-icon are endangering troops.

Gen. Joseph, testifying before the house appropriations subcommittee,said combat units in Afghanistan had no restrictions in protecting themselves.

Self-protection was distinct from deliberate, strategic military strikes that were orchestrated and approved by higher commanders, the Star and Stripe quoted the general as saying.

But Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the subcommittee, said many lawmakers worriedthat US soldiers were being put in danger because they were not provided air support and other backup.

He said wounded soldiers had personally shared with him incidents that put them in “compromising positions” in Afghanistan. “It bothers me when I hear that they didn’t get the air support that they needed,” Frelinghuysen remarked.

In response, Dunford said he had similar stories from wounded troops while touring Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and the accounts sometimes hinged on confusion.

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