April 8th, 2012
05:28 AM ET

U.S., Afghanistan to sign 'night raids' deal

The United States and Afghanistan have reached a landmark deal in a bid to end visceral Afghan anger over special operations raids on local homes, officials from both nations said Sunday.

The deal will be signed Sunday afternoon, said presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force commander, Gen. John Allen, and Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak will take part in the signing.

The deal comes after months of angry recriminations against special operations raids, particularly at night, that deeply offend Afghans as they involve foreigners entering their homes. U.S. officials say th raids are vital to NATO's operation against insurgents.

The complex system would fully "Afghanize" the operations, putting Afghan commandos in the lead and giving American special forces a "training and support role," a senior Afghan official said.

The senior Afghan official said the deal would involve a joint committee of U.S. and Afghan officials reviewing U.S. intelligence on a target before a raid.

If that target were approved, a warrant would then be issued by Afghan authorities for the raid to occur, the official said.

It remained unclear how or when the warrant would be issued.

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  1. saywhat

    @ lee
    This tulsa tragedy is saddening. Glad your family is safe

    April 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @ lee
    That was not to counter your point , I took the liberty to expand the view.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @saywhat: ok, cool. that's what i thought, just been dealing with people who just want to argue lately lol..

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      OH.. the fifteen minute.

      thank you. anyway, i did

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      lets get one thing clear, i definitly told you

      no you didn't

      yes i did

      lol.. and so on..

      April 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @leeintulsa:

      You're not arguing, you're just contradicting me!
      No, I'm not.
      Yes, you are!

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      April 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    lol.
    We get the point. Have a good one.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @leeintulsa

    You sound like you're totally beside yourself my friend.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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