Wednesday, April 4, 2012

U.S., Afghanistan near 'night raids' deal

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghanistan and the United States may soon reach a deal over night raids by U.S. and Afghan special forces on local dwellings that would increase Afghan control over and participation in the controversial operations.

Night raids are deeply unpopular among Afghans, but U.S. officials say they are vital to NATO's operation against insurgents.

One Afghan official stressed the deal would mean night raids complied with Afghan laws. A U.S. official insisted any compromise would not impede NATO's effectiveness.

"There has been some very good progress," President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi said. "Both sides are very close to agreement on a memorandum of understanding under which all night operations will be fully Afghanized and conducted under Afghan laws." Read More