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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:32 AM

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.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/afghan-officials-likely-to-press-for-veto-power-over-night-raids-in-formal-talks/2012/03/21/gIQAbE7gSS_singlePage.html

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:45 AM

1. Certainly not surprising given what is beginning to leak out about last week's massacre in Panjwai.

It may be revealed that it was actually a "rogue night raid" involving many soldiers instead of the actions of a single "snapped" Staff Sergeant.

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