Afghanistan, U.S. reach deal on controversial night raids

Afghan policemen inspect a police post after a night raid by U.S. troops in Ghazni provinceKABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan and the United States reached a deal on Sunday to curb night raids on Afghan homes, giving Kabul a veto over the operations despised by most local people and clearing the way for a wider pact securing a U.S. presence. Night raids on suspected militants have helped fan rising anti-Western sentiment ahead of a withdrawal by most Western combat troops to be completed by 2014, but are backed by NATO commanders as a key anti-insurgent tactic. Their conduct had been one of the biggest hurdles in negotiations on a broader strategic pact governing a future U.S. …

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