July 8th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

Deputy commander: No major changes to battle tactics in Afghanistan

Mike Mount
CNN Senior Pentagon Producer

The U.S. military does not expect any major changes for now in the way troops operate on the battlefield in Afghanistan, according to the deputy commander of U.S. troops there.

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that the new commander, Gen. David Petraeus, has not made any significant changes to rules of engagement that are designed to reduce civilian casualties, but has been making "small adjustments."

Petraeus is in the process of reviewing the battlefield rules, including ground combat tactics and guidelines on aerial bombing.

Recently replaced commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal installed the rules because the high number of civilians being killed as a result of raids and airstrikes had increasingly spurred the ire of the Afghan government and citizens.

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