Maine Marine’s death spurs Collins query

Posted Sept. 15, 2009, at 4:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins has asked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to examine concerns about rules of engagement in Afghanistan that were raised by the father of a fallen Marine from Maine.

The Maine Republican says John Bernard of New Portland wrote to her to express concern that U.S. military personnel were being put at risk a few weeks before his son, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, was killed.

She says John Bernard felt that rules aimed at reducing deaths of Afghan civilians were commendable but came at the expense of putting U.S. military personnel at far greater risk.

Adm. Michael Mullen on Tuesday went before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on which Collins serves. He told the committee that more troops would likely be needed in Afghanistan.

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