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Current Rules of Engagement do not permit first use of deadly force or suppressive fire on unarmed civilians, including looters, who do not initiate hostilities using deadly force.

Do not demonstrate use of force toward unarmed civilians. Lethal force against looters should only be employed to maintain force protection.

Achieving maximum civilian support and minimum civilian interference with U.S. military operations requires the coordination of intelligence efforts, appropriate security measures, operational efficiency, and the intentional cultivation of goodwill. Improper or illegal use of force undermines that mission.




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