Kabul: Foreign troops in Afghanistan have
been ordered to carry out night-time raids on people`s homes
only when absolutely necessary and only in the company of
Afghan soldiers, NATO said on Friday.
In a directive that attempts to deal with one of the most
contentious issues facing foreign forces in the war against
insurgents, the head of US and NATO troops in the country has
ordered changes to how "night raids" are conducted.
US General Stanley McChrystal has not banned the raids,
believing they are "a viable and advantageous option," a
statement issued by NATO`s International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) said.
But his directive concedes they are a source of
resentment among ordinary Afghans towards foreign forces
trying to eliminate the Taliban threat and end a war that has
been intensifying for more than eight years.
The raids, mainly on people`s homes, are now to be
conducted with Afghan forces in the lead, women are to be
searched by women, any property seized is to be recorded and
any property damaged is to be compensated for.
More than 121,000 foreign US and NATO troops are in
Afghanistan under McChrystal`s command, with that number set
to rise to 150,000 by August to speed the end of the war and
begin a troop drawdown.