Afghan officials likely to press for veto power over night raids in formal talks
Source: Wash. post
In formal negotiations set to begin Thursday, Afghan officials are expected to press their U.S. counterparts for veto power over controversial night raids on Afghan homes as well as warrants signed by a judge before the operations are carried out.
Despite substantive differences, officials on both sides expressed confidence that they are heading toward an understanding on the raids that will allow them to complete within two months a broader accord governing the long-term military relationship between the countries.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive talks.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has long insisted on an end to the raids, which U.S. commanders consider one of their most effective tools against Taliban insurgents. Karzai repeated his demand in angry remarks last week after a March 11 shooting rampage, allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, that left 16 Afghan civilians dead.