Troops angry about Taliban negotiations 

While Gen. David Petraeus and NATO officials are offering safe passage for Taliban leaders to meet for reconciliation talks with President Hamid
Karzai's government officials, Taliban leaders are still initiating relentless attacks on U.S. troops in the region, soldiers and military officials said.
         
American troops in Afghanistan are angry that the Pentagon and State Department are backing Karzai's attempts at reconciliation without
forcing the Taliban to back off their continuous strikes on NATO troops stationed in some of Afghanistan's most volatile regions.
         
"We're pissed. Guys are pissed, but I'll break (the rules of engagement) when we need be to protect our soldiers," said an officer, who
spoke to The Examiner via telephone from Afghanistan on Friday. "The fact that the Army will not let us use artillery and airstrikes as often as we need to due to (concern over) collateral damage is unbelievable."
            
Petraeus, who took command in June, promised Congress that he would review the rules for engaging enemy fighters in Afghanistan. Troops
tell The Examiner that has not happened.


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