What, in G-d's name, are our soldiers doing there? Seriously. They are not fighting jihad (the only reason we should be over there). The saboteur-in-chief has banned identifying ideology and motive for the war on the west. Our troops are operating under suicidal rules of engagement designed by Obama's DoD to "respect" the enemy's barbaric ideology and not to inflame the bloodthirsty savages. Bring them home!
Troop death skyrocketed under Obama, more than all the years combined under Bush (graph right). Bring. them. home.
- 'Guardian angels' are troops who watch over comrades even as they sleep
- The lengths Taliban are prepared to go to to gain access to coalition forces shown as two militants dressed in women's clothing are arrested
U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan have assigned 'guardian angels' - troops who watch over their comrades even as they sleep - as part of a series of increased security measures to protect troops against possible rogue attacks.
The added protections are part of a directive issued in recent weeks by Marine General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to guard against insider threats.
And they come in the wake of a spike in attacks on U.S. and coalition forces by Afghans, including the point-blank shooting deaths of two U.S. advisers in Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior.
The lengths the Taliban are prepared to go to in order to gain access to coalition forces was illustrated yesterday when local police arrested seven men dressed in women's clothing in Mehterlam, Laghman province, east of Kabul.
Disguise: Captured Taliban militants are presented to the media in Mehterlam, east of Kabul, yesterday. Concerned by the increased threat to U.S. forces, military commanders have assigned 'guardian angels' - troops that watch over their comrades even as they sleep - as part of a series of increased security measures
Spectacle: The insurgents dressed as women show the Taliban's determination to infiltrate coalition forces
Tensions have increased in recent weeks, most noticeably after Staff Sergeant Robert Bales wandered off a U.S. military base in southern Afghanistan and allegedly killed eight Afghan adults and nine children.
Some of the security changes have been subtle, others not so much.
In several Afghan ministries, Americans are now allowed to carry weapons. And they have been instructed to rearrange their office desks there to face the door, so they can see who is coming in, said a senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
While General Allen did not detail the new measures in a briefing earlier this week, he acknowledged that changes had been made.
He said: 'We have taken steps necessary on our side to protect ourselves with respect to, in fact, sleeping arrangements, internal defences associated with those small bases in which we operate.'
He added that now someone is 'always over-watching our forces'. Read the rest.