After years of tension by nightly raids U.S. troops, allied forces and the Kabul government have reached an agreement to transfer these operations to the Afghan army. Bothparties signed a document formalizing Sunday change that was implemented immediately.
"Starting today, these operations have been led by and Afghanistan," he said after signing the pact the commander of NATO forces in the field, Marine Corps Gen. JohnAllen. "This is the second major milestone in less than 30 days on the road to Afghan sovereignty," he added. On March 8, NATO and the Afghan government had already signed another agreement, which was latter transferred to the custody of detainedinsurgents in combat.
The truth is that President Hamid Karzai ordered a year ago that the Afghan Defense Ministry assumed control of these night raids, the face of repeated complaints fromcivilians. NATO turned them into a widespread tactic in its war strategy shift to acounterinsurgency type, designed to weaken an enemy that has ever relied more ontechniques of guerrilla and terrorist attacks against civilians.
These raids have occurred frequently in Taliban strongholds like Helmand, Kandahar andthe border provinces with Pakistan. The soldiers, often affiliated with groups of special operations, the They subjected during the night in total darkness. They consisted ofhouse searches in villages that are supposed to shelter insurgents