Der Spiegel reports that German KSK special forces had the Baghlan bomber in their sights in northern Afghanistan last March but let him go because their national caveats forbade them to use deadly force.
Think this is far out? I’ll do you one better.
The Finnish forces deployed in Faryab and Balkh, who are restricted by a caveat that says they’re trained and equipped to operate only in northern Afghanistan, have sometimes had to stop in their tracks when they’ve risked crossing from RC-North to RC-West — literally getting out of their Land Cruisers and calling Helsinki for instructions while their suspect speeds away in a cloud of dust.
No wonder they no longer call this peacekeeping in Finland. Now it’s called crisis management. The difference? Peacekeeping means keeping someone else’s peace; in crisis management, you manage a crisis of your own making.