posted at 17:00
Author Name: Erin Fuchs
Afghanistan Is Once Again Allowing Night Raids That Terrify Its Civilians
Afghanistan's new president has quietly gotten rid of the country's ban on controversial night raids that are used to catch Taliban insurgents off-guard, The New York Times reports. The country's previous president, Hamid Karzai, had banned the raids even though the US government has said they're key to catching insurgents. Afghans are worried about the resumption of the raids, which have allegedly killed civilians in the past. "The Taliban will be going into other people's houses, and the Americans will be behind them again, and there will be losses again of women and children when Taliban shoot from people's houses, and in reaction the foreigners will bomb or kill them," said Haji Abdullah Jan, a local shura leader in the Maiwand district of Kandahar Province. "I am not in favor of night raids because we have experienced such huge losses from them during those past years."

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