Pentagon adopts Israeli tactic in bombing ISIS
By Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 11:11 AM ET, Wed April 27, 2016
Washington (CNN)The U.S. has adopted a unique Israeli battlefield tactic in its fight against ISIS: exploding a missile above a building to warn civilians inside that it’s about to be bombed.
Israeli forces have widely used the so-called knock-on-the-roof operations in Gaza attacks in recent years to try to get civilians out before they are hit.
The first public revelation of the U.S. using a “knock operation” came Tuesday at a press briefing by Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter E. Gersten, deputy commander for operations and intelligence for the anti-ISIS Operation Inherent Resolve.
This tactic was devised by Israel to minimize civilian casualties. Whatever the wisdom of the tactic - as used here or in Gaza - there’s an interesting implication here. The Obama ***MAL***Administration has criticized Israel over “civilian” casualties in Gaza. Israel used this “knock-on-the-roof” tactic in Gaza; the criticisms of the US (and others) assume this tactic was ineffective. Fast-forward 2 years, and the US is using the very tactic the Obama ***MAL***Administration criticized as ineffective!