June 25th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Petraeus set to review Afghan rules of engagement

Gen. David Petraeus intends to undertake a sweeping review of American military operations in Afghanistan - including the rules of engagement for troops - if he is confirmed by the Senate as the top U.S. commander in that country, U.S. military officials told CNN Friday.

Petraeus was tapped by President Barack Obama earlier this week to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his duties Wednesday after the general and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article making comments that appeared to mock top administration officials.

Petraeus "knows the troops have some consternation" about the current rules, one source said. Under McChrystal, tight rules were put into place restricting air strikes and ground operations in order to better protect civilians.

Among other things, Petraeus will seek to find out if the troops simply need a better understanding of the rules or if the rules need to be changed, the sources noted.

If confirmed, Petraeus will have "the flexibility to make changes that he thinks are necessary," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Thursday. "He's very aware of the issue of civilian casualties."

Senate confirmation hearings for Petraeus, who oversaw the U.S. military surge in Iraq, are set to begin Tuesday.

CNN's Barbara Starr and Mike Mount contributed to this report

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  1. adnan

    Get to know all about U.S reports,Taliban, shocking news, latest updates, all at one place

    June 26, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    Congratulations on Turkey's decision to close ALL Turkish Airspace to Israel. Turkey would do well to purchase several Russian made S-300 anti-aircraft missile batterys for protecting it's country in case Israel decides to retaliate against a NATO country again.

    Attacking a NATO flagged ship in International Waters is in International Law and NATO treaty's the same thing as an attack upon the very country of that ship's flag, namely Turkey which is a NATO member. The NATO treaty calls upon all other NATO countrys to hold Israel fully accountable for its attack upon a NATO member.

    Turkey should now warn America that any further killings of Turkish civilians by Israel and Turkey will close it's airspace to America and it's borders to the US Military convoys carrying war supplys to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Kyrgyzstan should follow with closing it's airbase to America's refueling tanker fleet used to refuel fighter jets over Afghanistan.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |