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. samson

    Reblogged this on BULLETFAME.

    April 8, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    so what does this mean? monday thru friday 8-4 sat-sun off?

    April 8, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    i also relogged this in the toilet...

    April 8, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    LOL, (caugh ... Caugh ... Caugh) RUFFNUTT, Guess I shouldn't be reading your posts when I'm eating. 🙂 LMAO Morning

    April 8, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Is this one more in the ' successes' we have been having in Afghanistan?

    April 8, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    If you mean to "Americanize" the Afghans process of law enforcement among other things, I would say YES!

    April 8, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    No I meant the whole point of this futile endeavor. 'Americanizing ' an entire region.
    good morning and a Happy Easter all.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ saywhat, Make no mistake, this IS a success for the powers that be. For us who are a slave to this system of things, it is not. If your in the mood, I'd like to hear your spin on the Invasions/occupations, and the ME protests that have been all the rage.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Powers that be indeed @Mary.
      To be honest , I have written so much on this and other blogs about the Iraq,Afghanistan invasion, the follies of the past decade and a foreign policy completed gone awry that to say anymore would be redundant.
      As for the 'Arab Spring'. Its both an awakening and a phenomenon that was bound to surface with decades of repression , corruption and manipulation of those who ruled by Western powers ( read mostly us).
      To say that these protests are also tainted by vested interests of foreign powers would not be off the mark. But by and large this phenomenon represents the aspiration of the populace.
      Not necessarily tilted in our favor.
      More sometime next.
      Take care.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    i thought the reason we didn't include them was because members of that government were sympathetic to the extremists and would tip them off..

    guess time will tell..

    April 8, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |

    hopin 4 warrant to be issued in time, in other to hesend d process

    April 8, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr Dalloway

    And what could possibly go wrong?

    April 8, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. ♚Mmmmm♛

    i guess that means no more midnight panties raids...

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yuck! That's something I do NOT want to envision!

      April 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @ lee
    We have to understand that the govt installed there by us is Afghan and members are Afghans not Americans. And the extremists, barring some foreign elements, are largely Afghans too. They have to live with each other long past when we have exited.
    So how to we, in all fairness expect a people to continue fighting and killing their own on our command. A time would come and we are seeing that time approach when they would stand together against foreign occupation. They would be sympathetic to their own.
    We have no business to be there.Period.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @saywhat: so... we agree?

      April 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ saywhat

      That is an excellent point. The largest number of these afghan forces are just like our forces. Just home grown local boys.
      Would we expect our forces to take up arms against our people in this country if some foreign power came here and told them to do so ? I sure would like to think not.

      April 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A man was driving one day when he saw the easter bunny hopping down the road. All of a sudden, the easter bunny jumped in front of his car and was killed.
    The man, being an animal lover, stopped the car and went to see about the easter bunny. When he saw the bunny, he became distraught and began crying.
    A woman driving down the road saw this and pulled over to offer assistance. The woman asked, "What has happened ?"
    The man explained to her what happened and said, Don't worry, I know exactly what to do. With that, she went to the trunk of her car and pulled out a spray can. She sprayed the entire contents of the can on the bunny, and the bunny came back to life. He jumped up, picked up his basket and waved at the humans. He hopped down the road about 50 yards, stopped and waved, hopped down the road about 50 yards, stopped and waved, hopped another 50 yards, stopped and waved.
    The man was totally amazed at this and the woman what was in that spray can. She handed him the can so he could read the label, It said :
    "Hair Spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.


    April 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You have a way with taking an old joke and putting a Rawr spin on it.
      Hoppy Easter, everyone. Lol.

      April 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Thanks @bobcat
    And a Happy Easter to you.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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