July 1, 2009 5:36 PM

Troops told to stop Taliban pursuit if civilians are at risk

Beginning today, American soldiers in Afghanistan will be under orders to back down when they're chasing Taliban fighters whenever they think that civilians might be at risk. The move follows a Pentagon report issued last month that acknowledged that as many as 86 civilians may have been killed in May when a U.S. plane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on a house where Taliban fighters had fled.

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