Afghanistan, US agree on night raids deal

Published April 8, 2012 8:27AM (EDT)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says it has reached a deal with the U.S. to govern controversial night raids by American forces.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry says the memorandum of understanding on special operations will be signed later Sunday by Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak and the commander of U.S. forces, Gen. John Allen.

U.S. officials declined to comment on the deal before it was signed.

Night raids have been a constant source of tension between the Afghan government and U.S. military.

The agreement is a key step toward a long-term partnership to govern U.S. forces in Afghanistan after the majority of combat forces leave in 2014.

By Salon Staff

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