This pisses me off a great deal.
Don’t shoot Taliban..you’ll wake locals
Marine’s diary reveals bizarre order to Brit troops
By ANDREW PARKER
Published: July 18 2011
Craig Smith, 36, said US military chiefs routinely frustrated frontline forces by ordering them to exercise “courageous restraint”.
Troops were even told they could be charged with MURDER if they shot anyone without permission from command.
Dad-of-one Craig lifted the lid on “outrageous” orders issued to troops in a diary of his six-month tour of Afghanistan’s treacherous Helmand province with 40 Commando.
He spoke out after an inquest heard 34-year-old hero Sergeant Peter Rayner was blown up, just days after being told not to fire on insurgents who were seen laying deadly IEDs.
One senior officer stunned troops when he ordered them not to shoot a Taliban fighter because gunfire would “wake up and upset the locals”.
Instead they were told they must stand by and WATCH.
Craig, who quit the Marines in January, wrote in his diary in May last year: “After a few days it becomes apparent that when we positively identify people we cannot open fire!”
He gave examples where Taliban forces were spotted in a notorious IED area, but troops were told not to shoot, or even use mortars for illumination.
Craig, who branded the policy “an absolute outrage”, added: “This course of action will end up with one of us being a casualty – and I will lay the blame with command.
“All these examples needed command to have some balls.”
killed in Helmand
Craig, who now works for a Newcastle security firm, said: “Looking back, I can’t believe how silly some of the decisions were.
“In Kajaki I saw Taliban digging in IEDs and was denied the chance to do anything about it for fear of upsetting locals. Permission to open fire was denied as it would alarm the population.”
An MoD spokesman said last night: “We have not seen the soldier’s diary, but it could be a loose interpretation of courageous restraint.”