In the past 2 or 3 days, American troops in Afghanistan have been ordered to carry loaded weapons at all times while on base ,
What would the previous situiation have been?
That they didn't carry weapons at all, or that they carried unloaded weapons?
And what base is referrred to? It sounds like it is the American bases that are referred to, but maybe that part is written badly.
Where have the American killed in the last several incidents there, may they rest in peace, been killed, on American bases or Afghani?
I thought that on an American base the only ones carrying weapons were the guards at the gate and the perimeter or in front of some high mucky-muck's office, soldiers leaving or returning to the base, those going to the firing range to practice, those appearing for a few minutes during (daily?) inpection by their commanding officer, and a small number of others for misc. reasons, like going to the quartermaster to get a replacement part.
And that when American military visited a foreign base, like an Afghani base in Afghanistan, again, the miliarty guard would carry weapons but officers carried no more than a side arm, if that, and privates and NCOs brought just to carry things would not be armed at all.
So my impression of the change in orders was that they should carry weapons when they haven't been, not that they should load weapsons they are already carrying. Comments?