US Rules of Engagement

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ROE define how force may be used in combat – what’s acceptable, unacceptable, under what conditions.

Geneva breaches and other laws of war fall outside of ROE. Military operations are governed by laws of war and international humanitarian law.

All nations are required to observe them. International and domestic laws universally recognize the right of self-defense in response to an attack or an imminent one.

Military necessity permits use of force not prohibited by the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). Distinguishing between civilians and military targets v. civilians and non-military ones is required.

Proportionality prohibits disproportionate, indiscriminate force likely to cause damage or loss of civilian lives.

Precautions must be taken to avoid and minimize noncombatant casualties, as well as damage to non-military sites.

Under Fourth Geneva, civilians must be given “effective advance warning” and “neutralized zones” where they can be as protected as much as possible.

Fourth Geneva also prohibits collective punishment; destruction of private property; torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and other protections for noncombatants.

In all US wars, ROE violate core rule of law principles. Washington rules alone apply. Civilians in harm’s way have no place to hide.

Mass slaughter and destruction go on in all US war theaters, creating chaos and enormous human suffering.

During the 2003 Iraq war, US ROE authorized field commanders to kill every military-aged Iraqi in sight. Cold-blooded murder was officially OK’d.

The same policy is followed in Afghanistan, earlier in Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq – notably in the battle for Mosul.

Civilians are being slaughtered in cold blood, US terror-bombing striking residential areas and other non-military sites. Since the battle began last October, perhaps thousands of noncombatants perished. Pentagon claims otherwise are false.

RT’s Ruptly TV interviewed residents able to flee the city. One man said ISIS fighters “go on rooftops of the houses and the families (inside) don’t know. Then the aircraft come and bomb it,” burying families under rubble.

“We are asking for bombing specific targets. There are still families inside the houses and the aircraft keep bombing. We are asking the coalition planes to be specific when they bomb. They were bombing randomly,” he said.

Another resident said “(t)he planes waited until one of the Daesh walked out into the street and then they struck. The fighter was only injured, but 11 members of one family in the house next door were instantly killed.”

“They dropped leaflets over the city telling us not to worry about the strikes, saying that they were extremely precise and would not hurt the civilians,” another man said, adding:

“(I)t feels like the coalition is killing more people than” ISIS fighters.

America created and supports ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Wars raging in multiple theaters aim to advance its imperium.

They’re not about humanitarian intervention or democracy building. Millions of casualties attest to what US belligerence is all about.

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New US Rules Of Engagement OK Killing Civilians

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They’re like the old rules. Civilian lives don’t matter. Slaughtering them indiscriminately is longstanding US policy. More on this below.

Fourth Geneva protects civilians and non-military targets in times of war. Attacking them is strictly prohibited. Humanitarian protections are mandated.

Washington rules override inviolable international, constitutional and US statute laws.

US wars mostly kill civilians, notably post-9/11. Millions perished from willful attacks, being in harm’s way, or from war related violence, preventable diseases or deprivation.

Washington considers noncombatants legitimate targets, defying international law and its own unaccountably.

During the 2003 Iraq war, US rules of engagement (ROE) authorized field commanders to kill every military-aged Iraqi in sight. Cold-blooded murder was officially OK’d.

Yet US Army Field Manual 27-10, incorporating Nuremberg Principles and the 1956 Law of Land Warfare, states any person, military or civilian, who commits a crime under international law is responsible for it and may be punished.

The defense of obeying superior orders is inadmissible. Provisions apply to all US military and civilian personnel to the highest levels – including the president, defense secretary and joint chiefs of staff.

On the phony pretext of combating ISIS, US foot soldiers America created and supports, the Pentagon directed General Sean MacFarland, heading US operations in Syria and Iraq, to strike targets where large numbers of civilians may be killed.

Their lives, safety and welfare don’t matter. Slaughtering noncombatants is OK on the pretext of waging phony war on terrorism.

US wars OF terrorism ravage and destroy one country after another, endless savagery on an unprecedented scale – killing millions of Afghans and Iraqis alone, millions more in other US war theaters, an imperial holocaust media scoundrels ignore and suppress.

The Pentagon willfully lies, claiming great lengths are taken to avoid killing civilians. Terror-bombing slaughters them indiscriminately.

US special forces and other combat troops on the ground kill civilians with impunity. Claiming otherwise if one of many Big Lies about US wars – in all cases, naked aggression against countries threatening no others.

US air and ground forces operating in Syrian and Iraq aid ISIS and other terrorist fighters. Civilians in harm’s way have no place to hide, slaughtered to advance America’s imperium.

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