Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Secretary Austin’s Orders To Better Protect Civilians During U.S. Combat Operations

“For decades, I and many others have called on the Pentagon, even in legislation, to overhaul the way it prevents and responds to civilian casualties.  For the most part, we were ignored. This is an important, positive step which unfortunately comes far too late for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Now everything depends on how it is implemented in practice.”

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