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Afghan night raids: Kabul signs deal with US forces

Posted by The Agonist on April 8th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Apr 8

BBC – The Afghan government has signed a deal on the conduct of night raids by US special forces, bringing the operations under Afghan leadership.

Under the agreement signed by the Afghan defence minister and the US commander, US forces will play a supporting role in the raids.

The US military say night raids are a valuable way of finding and detaining suspected militants.

But many Afghans say the raids violate privacy and disrespect women.

The operations, currently carried out by Nato and Afghan special forces, have been a growing cause of friction between the Afghan government and the US military.

The agreement comes ahead of the planned withdrawal of US and other foreign troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says the Afghan government wants to ensure that these operations are entirely led by its forces and that they give explicit permission for other troops to take part.

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