I am repeatedly distressed by the way the media reports civilian casualties in the war on terror. It is as though the media's aim is to anger citizens against our military. If you must report civilian casualties, please explain that the terrorists hide behind their wives and children and, in fact, live with them. Many of the assaults against our troops are made from the homes of terrorists and assembly points where women and children are present.

When our troops fire back or call in air strikes, civilian casualties are unintentional but a fact of war.

Robert Taylor

Salt Lake City