Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new top commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was poised to issue a directive the first week of July 2009 instructing US troops to avoid air attacks against Taliban insurgents in scenarios in which civilians could be placed at grave risk. Afghan civilian casualties caused by US and coalition aircraft have been a sore spot in US-Afghan relations and McChrystal has said reducing civilian casualties would be a top priority under his leadership, which began June 15, 2009. Here, an Air Force F-15E flies a combat mission over Afghanistan, June 20, 2009.
Air Force photo by SSgt. Jason Robertson
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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