The United States and the Afghan government have reached a deal concerning controversial night raids. A formal signing will take place later today between the Afghan Defense Minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen. The Afghan Foreign Ministry announced that a deal had been reached, with the approval of Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama which would give local leaders the right to veto any NATO-led night raids on Afghan soil. A small number of these have resulted in the accidental deaths of Afghan civilians, and has added to the strained relationship between all parties.
Once again we see how our presence in Afghanistan has devolved into a counter-productive exercise. Between incidents like the Koran burnings and resulting protests, to the recent killing of 17 civilians allegedly by U.S. Army Sgt. Bales, the mood of many in Afghanistan is that it is time for NATO and U.S. forces to leave. Efforts to start negotiations with some factions of the Taliban have already failed or hit a brick wall. U.S. and NATO troops have already been requested to pull out of any urban areas and operate from airbases and other military outposts.
While we have long since dealt a death blow to Al Qaeda operations in Afghanistan, with some reports saying as few as 50-60 insurgents remain, much of the fighting of late has been tribal in nature. Many of the Taliban, for example, belong to the Pashtun tribe, which dominates southern Afghanistan, particularly near the Pakistain border. Arguably, the issues between the Pashtuns and other tribes in Afghanistan must be worked out amongst themselves if there is to be any long term solution to end the fighting.
The new deal reach between the United States and Afghan government will give local officials, such of village chieftains, the authority to veto any controversial night raids on Afghan soil. The Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that a formal memorandum outlining the new policy will be signed today by NATO force commander Gen. John Allen and the Afghan Defense Minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak. Hamid Karzai has already requested that NATO and U.S. troops leave cities and villages. This is yet another sign that Barack Obama has turned victory into defeat through his failed policies in Afghanistan. Here are some videos of just how well we deal with the Taliban when stupid politicians are sleeping in their warm, cozy beds.