The U.S. Army has come up with a proposed training manual for members of the American military serving in Afghanistan that warns soldiers to respect the sensitivities of the Afghan people. It tells them they should not criticize the Taliban or Islam, nor should they take Afghan men to task for pedophilia or wife-beating. The top American military commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, says he does not like the new manual, and won’t support it.
In other news, the Obama administration has officially recognized the Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian rebels as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. The administration also said that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fired scud missiles at the rebels.
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