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Monday, June 22, 2009

Military to issue restriction on fighting near Afghan houses

The U.S. and NATO forces are looking for ways to prevent civilian casualties.

An Associated Press report said a formal order from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan is expected soon and the order will be for American and NATO troops to break away from fights with militants hiding in Afghan houses.

Civilian deaths are hurting the mission, leaders say, as well as relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. U.S., NATO and Afghan forces killed 829 civilians in the Afghan war last year, according to U.N. figures cited in the AP report.

The order to be issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, will allow troops to attack insurgents hiding in Afghan houses if U.S. or NATO forces are in imminent danger, according to the AP report.

A number of Alabama troops are in Afghanistan now, including Embedded Training Teams that are training the Afghan military and police forces. More troops are deploying this year.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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