December 17th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

New guidelines for night raids in Afghanistan

Coalition troops in Afghanistan have been issued revised guidelines for conducting night raids, an official from NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

The raids are considered effective tools to rout insurgents, but they have angered Afghan civilians and government officials.

The new directive is meant to underscore the need to coordinate raids with the Afghan government and inform civilians about the reasons for the operation, the ISAF official said.

The guidelines stem from the repeated concerns of President Hamid Karzai. Such raids have been considered major intrusions into Afghan lives.

The new directive underscores the "importance of prior coordination with the Afghan government," the source said.

"The Afghan government has long had input into operations, but they have expanded the coordination in recent months through the establishment of a command center located within the Presidential Palace grounds in Kabul," the source said. Family and village elders need to know where they can get
information about detained people and there must be accurate accounting for
items seized in night raids.

"Under the previous night raid directive, Afghans military officials were involved in the coordination and approval of night raids, but Gen. David Petraeus has made clear that his intent is to have night raids conducted with
even greater care and preparation throughout the country," the source said, referring to the top coalition military official in Afghanistan.

The source said it has been policy to have the participation of Afghan troops as the norm. Afghan forces have been the first to enter a compound or residence.

"Whenever possible, Afghan forces conduct the callout with a loudspeaker in either Dari or Pashtu in an attempt to capture targeted individuals without violence. These efforts have been very successful - the overwhelming majority of these operations (80+ % of the time recently) are conducted with no shots
fired," the source said.

The source said all of the measures have been devised "to reduce the possibility of unnecessary violence, create more transparency, and minimize the impact on people who are not involved in insurgent activity."

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  1. Ski

    i've read all 101 comments posted above, and as a Marine currently in Afg, i can't figure out for the life of me, what an article refering to night raids in afghanistan has to do with almost all of the comments posted. No matter what the worlds opinions are, as I have my own, the bottom line is the NATO forces are in Afghan and will continue to be for some time to come. The part everyone should be commenting on is the lack of violence during current operations, 80% as stated in the article come without a round being fired. This is an amazing percentage for both ISAF and the local populous.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killathethrilla

      Ski, thats because most of these pathetic comments are made by stinkin Pakis who are unemployed and stupid. I really don't care if the Afgan Cavebeasts are upset and mad, LISTEN UP PEOPLE, WE OWN AFGANISTAN, TO THE VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS WHICH IN THIS CASE IS THAT POOPHOLE AFGANISTAN. THE PEOPLE OF AFGANISTAN DID NOTHING TO STOP BIN LADEN FROM HIDING SO LIVE WITH IT. HOW DO YOU CAVEBEASTS LIKE YOUR JIHAD NOW?????? YOU PIGS DON'T OWN AFGANISTAN, WE DO THE ISAF LIVES FOREVER MOTHERF*******ERS!!!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why don't They stop Him??? It is not fair to the rest of us!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Really?

      December 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    That is why he posts under everyone's name.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Correct-Again-Dindy.

      December 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Really I didn't know that!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Your Bible not all the other Bibles!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LarryKegel(US Army)

    That I can say Amen Too!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LarryKegel(US Army)

    That is Your belief... Not the belief of the Muslin, Asian, Hindu and Jews!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy.....

    Bledsoe ....what you are doing is not good. why you are accusing Dan ? It was really me with above post.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I just wish You People would leave Religion out of Politics!!! They do not mix...

      December 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Dindy-Daniel-2=Name-Thief!

      December 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If You Say So!!!

        December 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        To fake Bledsoe.........you know the nature of a thief..because you yourself is a thief and was one.

        December 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Correct-Dindy!

        December 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dindy.....

    May God protect Larry and Prop Mohamed too where ever they are . Amen.!!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      There goes that fake Daniel-2 again,posting under Dindy's name. This is not good.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      May GOD protect You too!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        It is very true. we all must protect ourselves too. you are correct here Larry.

        December 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dindy.....

    most noble thing that one can do is to give or his life to save others. I know personally these young soldiers wont get big salaries like many politicians do in this world. May God protect them in this winter season !!! and provide their needs.!!! Amen.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dindy.....

    Dan.......when communicate and meditate on God ..we can be very powerful through God . Jesus did miracles with God"s power . Jesus has said it.
    Jesus actually was so perfect in his life and pure front of God. So for Jesus many miracles were possible than any of us according to his holy life and the obedience to God. when Jesus was dying on the cross Jesus screamed to God the father saying that he is giving his soul to God. He said everything is over and take my soul that I give it to you so take it. (But it is beautifully written in the Bible than me saying)
    when connect with God things are clear Dan. God can teach us everything. when ask God teach us in spirit. You can hear God too. It can be any time. we dont know . Yet can recognize if we are tuned to the frequency of heaven.

    December 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If Jesus did such Miracles why is the world such a mess???

      December 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I have read three different versions of the Bible and very well know the history of mankind. We here in the United States all have the freedom to choose how we want to live unless we break the laws then we must pay for the crime and do the time, but if it is spiritual crimes then this should be left up to God!

    December 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    What do you say now, that he was resurrected after His death on the cross?

    December 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    No He said when you pray ask in My name.

    December 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That is Your belief not mine!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Who knows what Jesus said???

      December 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dindy.....

    May God provide and protect these young men and women far away from their home land and lord help them to return Home safely!! Amen!!

    December 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Dindy....Do not forget to pray in Jesus name, lest we forget who our Lord and Savior is!

      December 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        Dan.....I was a Buddhist. I sold many things including gold to build Buddhist temples. Yet one day I was dying in a dream but the fear was real . Then some one was at the dark tunnel and his one hand was raised at me. He was wearing brilliant white and the face was brighter than sun and feet were like silver swords crossed on top of each one and were flashing. His one shoulder was barren. I had not read a bible then. I came back to life when this strange figure appeared in that dream. So beautiful and peaceful. I had no peace of mind and I was going through misery though I was building temples. I was worshiping other Idols too and was a looser. One day I cried alone in a church as no more kovil or place to go ask help. Non of a Idol answered me. They were deaf and blind. Yet I felt God"s presence and was warm when cried out to God in spirit. Even God sent angels to the Gethsemane when Jesus was praying and asking help before Jesus went to the cross. Bible says angels made Jesus strong with the command of God.
        With Jesus Holy blood one blind man also got healed by the cross. Holy blood could heal. And Jesus is born to a virgin it says both in the Holy Bible and Holy Quran. So God had a special mission to be accomplished through Jesus too. We have to read again and understand ..."why Jesus said ask in his name". I am saved because God was merciful and rescued me. God sent Jesus to rescue me. God showed me the best example to follow . That is Jesus way . love and compassion to even to worst enemy. But very difficult to do it like Jesus did. with God"s divinity only we can face every difficulty like Jesus did. when Jesus ask help from God there was no answer from God? Then there is a question.why no answer ? How come God leave a person like Jesus in his great need ? I too feel like that Jesus sacrificed his life in need of another in a different situation. Jesus knew Judas and had a radio mind. So no one can capture Jesus who is powerful (actually Jesus was a power house through God) and therefore Jesus could escape from anyone due to that power unless Jesus sacrificed his life by his own desire of love for others. God knew his desire of love for others and said this is my beloved son .That is why God raised Jesus from death. To show the world God has a special gift to people who does god"s mission. So the devil failed as Jesus resurrected and went to heaven like Moses , and Elijah and Mohamed. We cant Judge others ..so we cant Judge Mohamed either for his marriage to a small girl. In India they marry at early age. Even here in Sri lanka my Mother was married when she was 17 years old. It is always better to discuss and find a solution for each others differences .

        December 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        I rather Pray to GOD!!!

        December 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. EagleFan30

    woohoo

    December 18, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Boo hoo!!!

      December 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Foolish-Daniel-2.

        December 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joel2208

        Can you prove it???

        December 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        You-Did-Again!

        December 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook

        Hardy,har,har,har.......

        December 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • tedk55

        Is he really that funny,Jesse? I don't think so!

        December 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Obvious-Daniel2!

        December 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dindy.....

    May god comfort the hearts of the family members of fallen !! They sacrificed for others to live in peace. God has said they are remembered and has a special place in heaven. May these families be remembered by friends and neighbors in this special season. May God have mercy and bring all of us out from this terrible situation !!! In the name of Jesus Christ. !!!Amen

    December 18, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      oh yea your holy book of lies says Jesus and Judas transformed and one became the other so Judas died on the cross and you call God's word a book of contradictions? My friend what other lies can you make up about Jesus to prove that he is not the Christ, The Messiah and Savior of the world!

      December 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jesus told of his upcoming death many times and that is why He had the last supper with His disciples and told Judas to go and betray Him as he did for a bribe which he threw in a field and hung himself because he knew he had done wrong!

      December 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      But you and your 360 degrees can do no wrong HUH? Well we will see on judgment day!

      December 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      For what transgression will I be judged for, for living by faith in Jesus as Savior and son of God? And please tell for what transgression might you be judged on, murdering those who live by faith in the trinity?

      December 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      THE FALLEN WERE THE VOICE FOR VOICELESS IN THIS WORLD. THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ALL THE GRATEFUL PEOPLE AND THE GOD WHO CREATED THEM FOR THEIR GREAT SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS!!!!

      December 19, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Amen To That!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. riteway

    Well, what kind of comments do you expect college liberals to make. You know, the ones whose goal in life is to make the power hour at the local pub, and their greatest war accomplishment is playing call of duty. Of course they know what they are talking about! Gosh, they read about it in a book!! You don't have to experience first hand the blood of your best friend dying in your arms to know what its like, do ya? As far as terrorists being fellow humans, so are pedophiles and serial killers. We don't give them free reign, do we? I will buy you a ticket to AF so you can go "talk" to the taliban. But your family will have to pay your freight back. I don't do coffins.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Submission is not love!

      December 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So let God judge the people! Who made you judge and executioner?

      December 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Dan: Is that any different from what the Christians are trying to do to Them and everyone else??? Why can the Muslin and Christians just respect the Other People and Their beliefs???

      December 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    These Islamic extremists are on our soil planning attacks against us like in most every other westernized state and you people seem to have some kind of love for these animals. What's up with that?

    December 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      We see these people as humans just like us and don't believe they need to be slaughtered as we're currently doing to them. This obscene war needs to stop!

      December 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Balderdash.

        December 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Humans don't throw acid in little girls faces for going to school or put on suicide vests to kill as many people as possible. No Andrew these are not humans they are animals, Like Jesus said wolves dressed in sheep's clothing!

        December 18, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Hi-ISI.

      December 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Dan: Who cares what Jesus Said!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What Ever!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Maritta

    We are making our troops sitting ducks... for what? Our troops should not be there if their hands are tied. Let the big-shot politicians go there. It is a damn shame what the stupid politicians are pulling on our troops. Bring our troops home so they don't die for nothing. I am sorry that so many lives have been lost for nothing... for terrorists? I don't think so. If they want to screw around with IED's, lets show them what our cluster bombs can do.

    December 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Oh,SHUT UP!!!!!!

      December 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Like you George,I too am very sick an d tired all this sickening right-wing bravado in favor of this obscene war and feel the same way you do!

        December 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Clap-Trap.

        December 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      So that the Tarriest can train there and send Them here to kill Our People!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        who ever you are..cant spell the words ..correctly. you can't be Larry. Do not try even. Because you can't.

        December 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Riza Afghan

    yea, go for it.
    bust those b@stards.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Will you just shut up! We don't need to read all this right-wing bla-bla-bla. Besides,if you like the war so much,fight it jerk!!!

      December 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Oh-Shut-Up.

        December 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Gonna make me,Phunnie boy???

        December 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Funny-Daniel-2!

        December 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Now that I can agree with!!!

        December 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |