The US Air Force is trying out different bombing tactics in Afghanistan in an effort to reduce civilian casualties from air strikes.
The tactics consider of a lot of what I call Saber rattling tactics. What I mean by this is that they will only drop bombs in populated areas when it is absolutely necessary. Airplanes will drop more non lethal flares, and do more flyovers which will be designed to cause enemy forces to scatter out of fear.
The reason for this is that they are doing all that they can to minimize civilian casualties. The bombs and ordnance that we use is designed to kill and thats exactly what it does. The problem is that in this war the targets are small in number so unfortunately civilians are often killed. Killing innocents does nothing whatsoever to help win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.
Often civilians are caught up in the middle of the battle which is often by the degign of the Taliban. Regardless of how it happens, when US ordinance kills innocents we are made the goats of the operation. Our Enduring Freedom ring customers who are serving in Afghanistan will be forced to find a way around this situation to remain effective in this war.