This report via Donklephant boggles the imagination:

Army intelligence officers confirm the grainy black and white aerial photo taken by a Predator drone and obtained by NBC News on Tuesday shows some 190 suspected Taliban militants standing in several rows near a vehicle in an open field in Afghanistan.

The military said Wednesday that the group seen in the Predator image was likely gathered for a religious ceremony.“During the observation of the group over a significant period of time, it was determined that the group was located on the grounds of a cemetery and were likely conducting a funeral for Taliban insurgents killed in a coalition operation nearby earlier in the day,” a coalition spokesperson said. “A decision was made not to strike this group of insurgents at that specific location and time.”

Unbelievable. How many people will those 190 terrorists kill? How many teachers will they behead? How many suicide bombs will they set off? How many coalition soldiers will they kill?

Update: A contrary view by Macranger suggests that:

Rules of war are a bitch at times I know, especially when we are the only country that follows them. Still, after checking around I believe this was the right decision as no doubt (while not said here), the whereabouts of these terrorists as scouts have been keeping an eye on them since, and that may be why they were left untouched. In other words more valuable if left in play.

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