The Allied Forces need to change the rules of engagement to ensure that the Taliban and Islamist Al Qaeda do not win the war in Afghanistan.
I am hearing disturbing accounts from a Medical Officer mate in the US Army of obvious Taliban being treated for illness in Coalition medical facilities.
She can tell they are Taliban because they are better nourished than the other locals.
They then go out with their medicines, get well, and lean on the other Afghans to join them with threats of murdering their families if they don't. They then maim and kill our diggers.
The present rules of engagement and compensation for non combatants injured and dead mean that the coalition, including our Aussie Diggers are fighting with one hand tied behind their backs.
The Afghans need to realise that we are just as determined as the Taliban and that they will suffer as long as they harbour the Taliban.
I am told the Taliban live in the villages within a stone's throw of American, Dutch and Aussie bases.
If we are not willing to fight a war to win, then we should be out of there.
If we are to stay and win , we need to fight and fight hard.
Should we do this we will inevitably have casualties, both military and civilian.
In my opinion we need to fight and fight hard.