Wednesday, 21 May 2008
NATO -- What Is It Good For?

You be the judge.  This from the Scottish Daily Record (via Military.com):

Taliban Leader Spared By German ROE [i.e., Rules of Engagement]

A top Taliban commander linked to the deaths of British soldiers has escaped German special forces because they were not allowed to kill him under their rules of engagement.

It highlights growing fears that NATO forces in Afghanistan are not fighting to the same set of rules as each other.

The commander who escaped is known as the Baghlan Bomber after masterminding a 2007 attack on a factory in Baghlan province which killed 79 people.

German special forces recently had him in their sights in Afghanistan.

But he escaped capture by the elite KSK troops and the German government will only let their soldiers fire in self-defence.

The bomber has also organised ambushes against British military convoys....

Posted on 05/21/2008 1:16 PM by Andy McCarthy
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