Afghan President Karazai Asks for Suspension of NATO Night Raids

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked for an immediate stop to controversial NATO-led night raids, his spokesman Aimal Faizi said.

“The president of Afghanistan wants an immediate halt to the night raids and house searches of Afghans. He doesn’t want any foreigner to go to the homes of Afghans and search their homes,” Faizi said.

NATO forces have started to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan as part of plans to transfer increasing responsibility for security to Afghans.

But thousands of foreign soldiers are expected to remain in the war-torn country in training and mentoring capacity well after 2014.

The hardliner Islamist militia ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until the 2001 US-led invasion. Afghan Talibans are waging a 10-year insurgency to evict Western troops and return to power.