U.S., Afghanistan to sign ‘night raids’ deal

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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…

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