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Rules of engagement
Seven Royal Marine Commandos have been arrested as a result of an incident with an insurgent in Afghanistan.
Since the beginning of the Afghan conflict insurgents, who have no rules of engagement, have committed many acts against British and other soldiers and civilians such as IEDs, suicide bombings and other killings by subversive acts.
The British and other soldiers rules of engagement requires split-second decisions before responding to the actions of a suspected insurgent. Is he/she armed? Is he/she a suicide bomber? Has he/she a hidden weapon ready for use and can any sudden or slight move by him/her be trusted?
On plenty of occasions during the past few years trust has been exploited and resulted in death for soldiers.
When the Service Justice System proceeds with this allegation it should be expected that justice will served and the brave Marines are treated most favourably.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.