Rules of Engagement



Gen. James Conway

Conway is the commandant of the Marine Corps. In this interview he describes how Haditha, in combination with several other incidents, has caused the Marines to reassess training. He also expresses concern about Marine responses to a survey of battlefield ethics and talks about the "level of protection" gained from securing the civilian population in a counterinsurgency effort. petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus

Before he became head of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus oversaw the rewriting of the U.S. Army's counterinsurgency manual. Here he explains why protecting civilians is the "top priority" in fighting an insurgency and talks about the constant "operational calculus" to balance protecting the population while protecting U.S. and coalition forces.

Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt

Sharratt served with Kilo Company 3/1 and had three counts of unpremeditated murder dismissed after a preliminary hearing looked into his role in the Haditha incident. He also fought with Kilo Company during the second battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Here, he recounts in detail his actions on Nov. 19, 2005, along with his reaction to the charges leveled against him and his fellow Marines -- by investigators, the press, and Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) -- and shares his insights regarding Iraqi civilians, insurgents and the experience of combat.

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