U.S., Afghans Agree on ‘Night Raids’

    FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, United States Army soldiers set out on a night mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. President Hamid Karzai has interfered in corruption cases and even threatened to join the Taliban if foreigners didn't stop meddling. Now he is demanding that the U.S.-led coalition begin reducing its military operations and stop what the military believes is its most successful tactic _ night raids against suspected Taliban commanders. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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    Afghan authorities will gain review and veto power over NATO special-operations raids in the country after a new deal is signed Sunday. The agreement was struck to quell anger among Afghans over the raids, and going forward the operations will have to be approved by a joint review board of U.S. and Afghan officials. Under the new rules, Afghan commandos will begin to take the lead in raids to minimize civilian anger over intrusion by foreigners into their homes. According to Gen. John Allen, commander for the International Security Assistance Force, 83 percent of night raids in 2011 succeeded in finding their primary target or an associate.

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