10:04 am - Friday 18 April 2014

Night raids will continue: ISAF

Tue Dec 20, 1:00 pm

ISAF has once again stressed to continue night-raids and says that efforts are underway to increase the share of Afghan forces in the operation.

ISAF spokesman Carsten Jacobson in a press conference on Monday said night operations have been very effective for the arrest and suppression of armed insurgents and had followed good results.

“Night-raids won’t stop; these operations have been useful for international forces and NATO and through these operations, we have detained a large number of insurgents. We are trying to continue trainings to Afghan Special Forces to make them capable of taking operation responsibilities in future, Jacobson said.”

These ISAF statements come as recently President Karzai had asked NATO General Commander John Allen to end night-raids.

Night-raids have been one of the controversial issues between Afghan government and international forces.

President Karzai has repeatedly asked to halt night-raids to prevent civilian killings.

These operations are always accompanied by civilian casualties. In a recent overnight operation in Paktia province, a woman was killed and three others wounded.

After this case, president office in a statement said President Karzai in the meeting of Afghan Security Council while condemning the incident asked John Allen to end such operations.

ISAF spokesman called this year full of successes and achievements.

This year, most of the Taliban centers have been destroyed and have become under control of Afghan forces, Jacobson said.

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